Even though climbing a ladder is scary for some people, most of them climb it anyway. It is not the extension ladder design or style that is an issue, it is the carelessness of the user that commonly results in accidents and injuries. Most of the accidents and injuries related to a ladder are due to this reason.
Today, extension ladders are the most prominent type of ladder used and the one that causes more accidents. Here are some tips and suggestions that could help a user prevent accidents and injuries.
- Mount the extension ladder at the correct angle
Yes, one of the most common reasons that cause accidents while using an extension ladder is mounting it at an incorrect angle. Have you ever climbed an extension ladder and felt like sliding off to one side? This would be a result of mounting the ladder at an improper angle. If the angle is too steep, the user and the ladder could tip backward, and if the ladder is inclined too much the foot of the ladder could slip away or the ladder could bend. This is why you must place the ladder on the wall at a correct angle. It should not too steep nor too inclined.
- Feet should be on a stable surface
Just because there is a load on the ladder, the foot will not remain stable wherever it is placed. The foot of the ladder should be placed on an even surface and if it is placed on wood or too smooth surface, consider using cleat or the foot should have anti-skid padding. Remember, if the foot of the ladder is not stable, then it could lead to accidents. Remember, even if the angle of the ladder is correct, an unstable foot could result in accidents.
- If the top end of the ladder does not touch the wall or any surface, do not climb it
Yes, there are circumstances where the top end of the ladder does not touch any surface or cannot be let touch the surface or wall. Under such circumstances, it is best recommended that you use a ladder stabilizer. Yes, a ladder stabilizer could help stabilize the ladder even if the top end of the ladder does not touch the wall. The arms of the ladder stabilizer would offer the support required.
- If you are doing some rigorous work, consider securing/attaching the ladder to the surface
Extension ladders should not be used for very harsh works, in other words, if you are planning to do some rigorous work while standing on an extension ladder, then you must take extra precaution. Try to tie the extension ladder to the surface or try to attach the ladder to the surface in some way.
- If you planning to set the foot of a ladder in soil or mud, it is best recommended to make an individual trench for each foot
Place the ladder in the soil is dangerous even if it is a firm soil. This is why it is recommended that you make an individual trench for each foot, which, would help prevent the foot from sinking and slipping off.
- Do not climb the ladder carrying a heavy load
Unless you are very experienced and balanced in using an extension ladder, do not try to climb it with a heavy load on you.
Of all the accidents related to an extension ladder, most of them could be a result of neglecting any one of the reasons mentioned above. Try not to neglect any one of them.