The National Safety Council’s Safety Month has weekly themes each week. This week’s theme happens to be “Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls.” What do preventing slips, trips and falls have to do with ladders? Pretty much everything.
The best way to prevent slips is to use simple precautions. Make sure to wipe of the rungs before using them. Make sure any oil, wet paint, or liquid has been wiped off so you won’t slip and fall. In addition, make sure you check your shoes before climbing. If you have mud or any other wet substance, make sure to wipe them off to prevent the slippery substance from getting on your ladder.
The easiest ways to prevent trips is to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure the path you are walking (and carrying your ladder!) are clear from any tripping hazards. At times, work space can get cluttered, but do your best to keep it clean to prevent tripping on anything. You will also want to make sure you are not impaired. When you start a new project, make sure you feel healthy and alert. A common issue that leads to falling is getting dizzy, lightheaded or otherwise impaired. Make sure to stop your work, come down from the ladder, and rest if you have any of these symptoms.
This post is pretty much about preventing falls by preventing slips and trips, but there are still other ways to prevent falls. Make sure you thoroughly inspect the
ladder before using it. When climbing the ladder, make sure to maintain three points of contact. Make sure to follow all of the safety guidelines. Use the right ladder for the right job. If using an A-frame, make sure the ladder is all the way open and locked into the right position. If you are on a work platform, make sure you tie off properly to prevent injury.