It doesn’t matter where you are using a ladder or what type of project you are working on, your safety should always come first.
If you don’t know how to properly use a ladder at work, for instance, you are putting yourself at risk of an accident and serious injury.
Fortunately, there are many safety tips you can follow to help avoid trouble when using a ladder. Here are a few of the best:
- Never use a ladder if you are dizzy or overly tired
- Don’t use a ladder in wet and/or windy conditions
- Wear slip-resistant shoes at to maintain traction
- Inspect the ladder to ensure that it is free of defects
- Never place a ladder on an uneven or soft surface
- Let others know when you are going up and coming down the ladder
- Use the right size ladder for the job
- Maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times
- Make sure only one person is using the ladder at the same time
- Read the safety information
- Never place a ladder in front of a closed door or anywhere else where there is a lot of foot traffic
These are the types of tips you can follow to improve your safety when working on a ladder. Unfortunately, even if you do these things, there is still a chance that you could be part of an accident.
If you fall from a ladder, for example, stay where you are and call for help. You want to receive immediate medical attention, so it’s probably best to call an ambulance to the scene.
Once you receive treatment and have an idea of your long-term prognosis, you may come to find that you are unable to return to work in the near future. This should lead you to learn more about your legal rights, which may include making a workers’ compensation claim (make sure you do so as quickly as possible). The money you receive as you recover can help you avoid financial stress.