Do you know how to properly use a ladder? This may seem like a silly question at first, but ladder safety is critically important to the contractors at Eclat Roofing, which is why we have provided a few tips regarding ladder safety and you. There are some things that someone using a ladder should do while using their ladder to ensure safe and effective leader usage.
However, one thing that our roofers recommend doing is checking the safety labels attached to your ladder. This is especially important when using a new ladder for the first time because each ladder has specific labels that differ from other ladders. These labels will contain vital information regarding the amount of weight the ladder can hold as well as potential warnings regarding special safety precautions for a particular ladder.
Ladders are tools, and all tools should be treated with respect and care to ensure their safe operation. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations for ladder usage will help make your time spent on a ladder safer. Several of the suggestions made by our contractors include the following:
- Do not get on a ladder if you are not physically able to support yourself or if you feel dizzy, weak or tired.
- Powerful storms and high winds can make ladders unstable and increase the likelihood of a fall.
- Prevent slipping by wearing shoes with rubber, slip-resistant soles.
- Only set the base of you ladder on flat, stable ground.
- No more than one person should be on the ladder at a time.
- Avoid sudden movements while on the ladder to maintain enhanced stability and balance.
- Wait until the ladder has been dismounted to move it to a new location.
- Maintain your balance by keeping your center of gravity between the side rails of your ladder.