Every year an average of 90,000 people are sent to the emergency room because of ladder-related injuries. While using a ladder does come with its inherent risks, there are things that can be done to protect yourself when using a ladder.
- Choose the Appropriate Ladder for the Job
Consider the height and weight requirements for the work you will be doing when choosing the correct ladder.
- Always Use the Ladder as Intended
Follow instructions regarding ladder use and always maintain three points of contact and observe proper foot placement. Never overreach and avoid sudden, jerky movements.
- Inspect the Condition of the Ladder
Prior to using your ladder, always ensure that all ladder parts (including the steps/rungs, the front and rear rails, any bracing, and the spreader) are in good shape and inspect all screws, nuts and bolts.
- Correctly Setup the Ladder Prior to Using
Ladders should be set up at a stable angle and on firm, level, non-slippery ground. Avoid placing it in or near unlocked doors and windows, un-barricaded driveways, live electrical sources, trash bins, or any other obstructions.
- Wear Appropriate Footwear
The wrong type of shoe can cause you to lose your footing on ladder rungs. Avoid using open-toed shoes, sandal, thongs, or any footwear with a flat or worn outsole. Always wear close-toed shoes with a grooved, anti-slip outsole.
Human error is the leading cause of ladder accidents. Even though ladder accidents are preventable, something the most effective solution is also the obvious: if at all possible, stay off your ladder. Gutter Helmet is the #1 name in American gutter protection. We’ve been keeping millions of American homeowner off ladders since 1981.