It’s that time of year again! Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s time to start putting up decorations. Safety should be top of your list if you aim to add a festive flare to your office or home this Christmas. Instead of standing on tables and chairs or overreaching for higher items this year, take time to follow these steps, avoid a fall, and not get injured. Having the right equipment close to hand will help you get the lights, tinsel, and everything in place for a safe Christmas.
So here are our top tips:
Tip #1: Decide what decorations you’re putting up and then determine the most appropriate platform to work off. Is it an extension ladder, step ladder, or step stool, or if you’re decorating outside, it could be a scaffold tower? Ladders and steps are perfect for quick tasks, i.e., less than 30 minutes. If you’re spending longer, look for a podium or scaffold tower.
Tip #2: Check that the equipment is in good working order and that there are no cracks or bent, broken legs or feet.
Tip #3: Position the ladder or steps correctly, which includes keeping it level on secure ground that isn’t icy or covered in snow.
Tip #4: Ensure the ladder or steps are long enough. If they need to be longer, find a more suitable size. Don’t overreach. Overreaching is one of the main reasons why people fall off ladders and steps.
Tip #5: If you’re working outside, you must be aware of overhead power lines or cables. When working around electricity, you must ensure that your ladder is GRP or fibreglass.
Tip #6: Keep 3 points of contact using your feet, hands and knees to help anchor you.
Tip #8: If in doubt, get trained. TB Davies has a Training Academy that runs regular Ladder Association and PASMA training courses on ladder and scaffold tower safety. Successfully passing a TLA course teaches you to work safely from ladders and steps. You’ll also get a 5-year photocard valid on many work sites. Plus, a course helps you understand the dangers of working at height.
Enjoy a safe Christmas this year, and we look forward to servicing you with all your working-at-height equipment needs in 2023.