If you work in the construction industry, you may find yourself regularly using a ladder. Although it can make your life easier, you’re always at risk of being injured in a ladder accident.
Here are some ladder safety tips construction workers can follow:
- Inspect the ladder before use: When your day begins, inspect your ladder for cracks, corrosion and other defects and damage. If you spot a potential problem, mark your ladder as damaged and use another one for the day.
- Be careful of where you place your ladder: In addition to firm and level ground, never place your ladder in close proximity to vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
- Maintain three points of contact: This is the best way to keep your balance when using a ladder. You should always have two hands and one foot or one hand and two feet on the ladder.
- Don’t carry a heavy load: You’re trying to save time, so it’s natural to consider carrying a heavy load up or down a ladder. Doing so increases the risk of losing your balance and tipping.
- One person on the ladder at a time: There’s never a good reason for two people to be on the same ladder at the same time.
Even with these ladder safety tips guiding you, an accident is still a possibility. If this happens, stop what you’re doing, assess your injuries and take the necessary steps in receiving medical care.
If your injury will keep you out of work, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You’ll need this money to stabilize your finances until you can return to your job.