For those of you who work in horticulture or as arborists, this post is for you. this   Summer and fall are the most common times for injuries in your industry. In fact, more than 1000 people injuries happen to horticulturists each year. How can we prevent these accidents? One major step in the right direction is to use ladders more safely. Here are a couple of safety tips, specifically for those in this industry.

Level Ground

Before climbing your ladder, make sure the ground is level and use levelers when necessary. If you are trimming trees and doing other outside work, the ground is going to be uneven. You can help prevent your ladder from tipping by either digging out the ground on one side or by using levelers.

The Belt Buckle Rule

While on your ladder, never reach outside the rails. If you feel tempted to lean, your ladder could easily tip, leading to severe injuries. If you’re ever tempted to lean, get off the ladder and move it closer to where you need it.

Choose the Right Ladder

Always choose the right ladder for the job. A lot of arborists choose orchard or tripod ladders, but these just are not safe to use. Generally speaking, if you’re working around trees, extension ladders aren’t the best options either. For horticulture, the best ladder is an adjustable a-frame. You can adjust the height to reach what you need to, but the ladder stays stable.

Never Lean the Ladder Against the Tree You’re Working On

Leaning the ladder against the tree you are cutting down is dangerous, plain and simple. The Internet has plenty of “ladder fails” and other accidents reported from trimming a tree this way. Another option is to choose an a-frame ladder and not lean it against what you’re trimming.