Use Ladders Safely

Things You Should Know About Gardening

by: Marilyn Pokorney

  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that each
    year more than 511,000 people are treated for cuts, bruises
    and fractured bones from improper use of ladders.

    More than 300 people a year die from ladder related injuries.
    When choosing a ladder be certain the ladder is able to
    carry the amount of weight that will be applied.

    Inspect the ladder. Be sure the spreaders can be locked
    when open and that there are safety feet on the ends.

    Check for loose or bent rungs.

    The ladder should be clean of grease, oil, mud, snow and
    other slippery materials.

    Carry a single or extension ladder parallel to the ground.
    Hold the side rail in the middle of the ladder for balance.
    Always carry a stepladder in the closed position.

    The ground under the ladder should be level and firm. Do not
    set the ladder up on a muddy surface.

    Set the base of your ladder one foot away from the wall for
    every four feet of ladder height.

    Do not use bricks, boxes, etc. to raise the height of the

    Keep all ladders and other tools at least ten feet from any
    power lines.

    Keep ladder off of window panes or sashes.

    If using the ladder in an orchard, turn the ladder sideways,
    and ease into the tree. Place a straight ladder so that if a
    limb breaks, it will fall into the tree.

    Never lean a ladder against a movable object.

    Never use a stepladder as a straight ladder.

    Face the ladder when you climb up or down. Hold on to the
    side rails with both hands. Carry only necessary tools on a
    belt, use a rope to raise heavier equipment.

    Never overreach. Always keep your body centered between the

    Wear shoes with nonskid soles. Don't wear leather-soled
    shoes; they can be slippery. Shoelaces should be securely
    tied. Make sure shoes and hands are clean and dry.

    Don't try to "jog" or "walk" the ladder to a new location
    while standing on it. Climb down and reposition the ladder.

    Never use a ladder in high wind.

    Never use the top two rungs of a ladder.

    On stepladders, never stand on the paint shelf, spreaders or
    back section.

    Never stand on the top rung of any ladder.

    And finally, never, never leave a raised ladder unattended.

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    About the author:
    Author: Marilyn Pokorney
    Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the
    Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.

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