Ladders are tools, and they are more than just useful, but at the same time, they are more than just dangerous, if not used properly. Some of the biggest manufacturers in the business claim that they offer tips which are simply important and each person needs to know them. Obviously, you need the ladder first. If you want to know how to choose it, read the full information.
Main safety tips (rules)
Although we have referred as tips, these are rules that each individual must understand. Only then, you will be safe to use your ladder and to complete a job without hurting yourself. The main rule that most organizations support is that an individual who doesn’t feel well, shouldn’t use ladders. No matter are you injured, tired or sick, if you feel dizziness, climbing is off the limits.
Never try to extend yourself to reach something. We all do it, despite the fact it is extremely dangerous. Ladders have a narrow center of gravity, therefore even the smallest movement can cause falls. As the result, you can actually hurt yourself just because you were lazy to move ladders.
Each ladder will have weight load. It stands for the total weight it can withstand. Never go above that number or you risk damaging and breaking the ladder. They are tested for the amount that is specified on them. Adding more weight can do abad thing only! Note: This is also one of the main features to consider when you are looking for new ladders.
Extension ladder must be set properly. This means that they must be fully extended and they must be set according to the manual. For example, never place them too close to the building, norstand above the second step. If you aren’t experienced with using these ladders, you should ask someone who is, you risk a lot!
Additional tips you should know
There are a lot of additional, small tips you should know and use. For example, never wear shoes with slip soles. The best solution is working boots with heavy-duty soles. They are also a great choice for other applications of this type.
If you place a ladder in front of a door, make sure the door is locked or someone is monitoring them. An interesting fact is that in this case, a ladder should be placed so a door is open toward them.