People are pretty nonchalant about safety when it comes to using ladders. But injuries from ladders could be potentially fatal. The first step in protecting yourself from injury is proper set up. Keep these tips in mind:
Before you climb a ladder:
- Make sure no overhead obstructions and power lines are in the way.
- Lock or block nearby doors to keep people from suddenly or accidentally bumping the ladder.
- Keep the area around the ladder base free of clutter.
- Rest the ladder base on a solid, level surface.
- If you’re working outdoors or in the grass, use a large board to level the surface and keep the ladder from sinking into soft ground.
- Tie a straight ladder as close to the upper support point as possible.
- Make sure the ladder extends three feet beyond the roof’s edge or support point when using a ladder to reach a roof platform.
- Make sure stepladders are fully open and the spreader is locked.
- Never use a ladder outside during strong winds or stormy weather.