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How To Improve Ladder Safety

Keeping Things Safe On the Ladder

Spring means many homeowners will be outside working in the yard, pruning trees and cleaning gutters.  This article covers how to improve ladder safety.

Each year in the U.S., accidents involving ladders cause more than 300 deaths and 160,000 injuries requiring emergency medical attention. Ladder accidents usually are caused by improper selection, care or use and not by manufacturing defects.

 Common Ladder Hazards

Some of the more common hazards involving ladders, such as instability, electrical shock, and falls, can be predicted and prevented.

Prevention requires proper planning, correct ladder selection, good work procedures and adequate ladder maintenance.

Here’s a few tips on extension ladder safety:

Proper Use

Improper Use

Common factors contributing to falls from improper ladders use include:

Ladder Selection

Portable ladders are designed as “one-man” equipment with the proper strength to support the worker as well as his tools and materials.

Consider the work site environment when choosing your ladder and type of ladder such as using  fiberglass ladders near electrical sources.

Ladders are constructed under three general classes:

Type IA Industrial

Heavy-duty with a load capacity not more than 300 pounds.

Type I Industrial

Heavy-duty with a load capacity not more than 250 pounds.

Type II Commercial

Medium-duty with a load capacity not more than 225 pounds (suited for painting and similar tasks).

Type III Household

Light-duty with a load capacity of 200 pounds.

Stay safe ~ concord carpenter



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