You can never be too careful when it comes to using a ladder. I’ve been a tradie for over 30 years and I can’t stress enough how important safety is! The thing is, you can be hurt just as badly falling from a step ladder as you can from a 6-footer. You don’t have to fall far to be seriously injured.
Before anything else, check out your ladder. If you see any damage or wear, don’t use it. Have it repaired or replace it with a new one.
Here are a few more important things to remember:
Always have someone else around and never climb a ladder when you’re alone.
Position your ladder on stable, non-slippery ground. Make sure it’s secure and all the feet firmly on the ground. Remember to never stand on the top two rungs either.
Move the ladder rather than reaching out and always use the right ladder for the job.
Be aware of what’s going on above you, like power lines. Stay right away from them.
Most importantly, if you don’t feel comfortable climbing a ladder, don’t do it!
Simple steps can help to avoid dangerous mistakes.