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Ladder Safety Tips

In the telecommunications world, ladders are an everyday tool. When used properly, ladders can make the work a whole lot easier. But, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that about 500,000 people each year visit the emergency room as a result of ladder accidents – most of these occurring on the job. According to the OSHA website, 30% Of these falls/accidents end up being fatal.

Most of these accidents could have been prevented if proper attention to equipment and climber training were provided. Not only does improper ladder handling cause worker injury, it also can cause expensive delays on the job site.

Here at U-TECK, helping ensure Your Safety is what we do! We have not only developed a complete line of ladder safety products to help make your life easier, but we compiled this list of Ladder Safety Tips to help keep you, your team mates and your employees from becoming the victim of a ladder accident.

  1. Inspect your ladder for safety defects before you use it. Why take unnecessary risks? Don’t use any ladder that is unsafe.
    2. If you have a wooden extension ladder always check the rungs and sides for rot and cracks before use. Ladders with signs of rot should be discarded immediately.
    3. If you have a metal extension ladder be sure to check the rungs for sharp edges, lose bolts, bent rungs etc. prior to use.
    4. For all extension ladders, check the raise/lower rope for excessive wear, cuts, or rot. Check the pulley for rust and ensure it moves smoothly (oil or lubricate if necessary – don’t forget the rungs!)
    5. Always have 3 points of contact when ascending/descending a ladder. (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand).
    6. When working on a ladder, ensure that the ladder is secure and stable at both ends before ascending.
    7. Ensure proper ladder positioning to avoid potential falls or risks when using a ladder to access cabinets. The Pole Mounted Ladder Bracket Creates a safe angle for worker to stand, open cabinet and perform routine functions at Distribution Cabinets, UPS Cabinets Etc
    8. For stepladders, check for loose hardware, broken or loose spreaders, and loose or bent hinges. Check for cracked, broken, or worn steps.
    9. Never use a metal ladder when you are working WITH or CLOSE TO electricity.
    10. Keep your body near the middle of the step, and always face the ladder while climbing.
    11. Use a ladder only on a stable and level surface to prevent displacement. Do not place a ladder on boxes, barrels, or other unstable bases. If there is no stable surface, use a product like our Universal Ladder Wedge to ensure stability.

 

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