Rules to follow in Handling and Using Ladders

Accidents resulting from trips, slips, and falls are frequent in the construction sites. The accidents occur mainly from the use of wrong construction equipment or poor handling of the equipment. Having the right construction equipment is, therefore, critical to ensuring the health and safety of those in the site is adequately maintained. Additionally, you must offer proper training to the workers and site visitors on safety and health issues in the site to minimize the accidents. Click on for tips on different types of ladders and their security issues.

Risks associated with the use of ladder include:

•    Failure on ladder steps and rungs to offer sufficient surface resistance

•    The tipping of the ladder backward, backward or the bottom part slipping outwards

•    The risk of electric shock when a metal ladder is used around electricity

•    Using defective ladders

•    Failure to use fall protection or cages when using fixed ladders

•    Incomplete opened or closed ladder spreaders which cause ladder to walk, close up or twist when a load is placed.

Rules to follow when using a ladder

Whether you are the owner, employee, contractor or a visitor, there are certain guidelines which you should follow in handling and use the ladder minimizing any incidents of injuries.

•    You should always hold the ladder with both hands when climbing or down. Do not contain other materials when climbing the ladder. Use other rope or crane to lower or raise any material to the preferred level. A boot belt can also be used to carry tools.

•    Face the ladder at all-time when going up or down.

•    Do not climb the ladder with slippery, greasy or muddy shoes

•    Sliding down the ladder is very dangerous hence you should never try

•    The maximum height to climb an extension or straight ladder is the third rung from the top. On the other hand, the maximum climbing height of a step ladder is the second tread from the top.

•    Do not lean too far on the sideways.

•    Never use a ladder with any defects and hence make sure you always check the ladder before using. Defective ladders should be marked and repaired.

•    You should fully open a step ladder and lock the metal spreader before using

•    It is not advisable to use ladders during rainy or strong winds unless in emergencies. However, the ladder should be securely fastened.

•    Never adjust the ladder when someone is using it.

•    Do not jump from the ladder and always make sure you dismount from the bottom tread.

•    Maintain the ladder clean at all times.

Maintaining the health and safety standards when handling and using ladders, will save you and others from injuries and associated costs.