Each season has different risks for ladder use, and summer is no exception. Since Memorial Day is generally considered the kick-off to summer, here are a few safety tips for using your ladder this summer. You can share these tips with your team or use them to create your own ladder safety training.
In the summer, the heat can cause severe dehydration which can lead to dizziness and other major health risks. If you are working outside, make sure you keep your water close by.
Beware of Hot Metal
If you are using an aluminum ladder, the metal can heat quickly, increasing the chance of burns and other injuries. Make sure you pay attention to how long the ladder has been outside and keep tabs on the temperature.
Follow the other Safety Guidelines
We are always giving tips for being safe on ladders. Just like in any season, it is important to follow regular safety guidelines. Maintain three points of contact, inspect the ladder, don’t climb on the top rung are all guidelines that should be followed regardless of the season.
The summer never seems quite long enough, so it can be easy to try to complete as many projects as possible in a short amount of time. With all this work, it can be easy to push yourself too hard, causing accidents. Make sure to pay attention so you can climb safely.
This information in this post is important for those using ladders at home or at work. Those who use ladders regularly for work need to remember to be careful as well. The summer heat brings different challenges than the winter months, but remember these safety tips and climb safe!