When climbing a ladder, safety should be the number one priority. Taking a few seconds to plan your climb and secure the ladder is an essential first step to ensure that you are safe and can complete the task without any accidents. Here are some additional tips for keeping safe while climbing ladders:
• Before climbing, ensure the ladder rests against a solid surface, the ground is level, and the ladder is secure by tying off the top or base of the ladder.
• Make sure your wear the correct shoes when climbing
• Maintain three points of contact on the ladder at all times while climbing (e.g., two hands and one foot). You can also use your knees and body against the ladder for additional support.
• Be careful not to carry too much weight while climbing a ladder – objects can easily slip out of your hands if you are not careful. If you must take items with you, have an assistant pass them to you instead of trying to do it yourself.
• Avoid overreaching when working from ladders and steps, as this can throw off your balance and cause you to fall.
Ladder Safety Month, which is an initiative from the American Ladder Institute and takes place during March, and we encourage you to download the ladder safety resources, including this PDF on ‘Safety While Climbing’, to understand what to look out for when you are climbing your ladder or step and reduce personal injury. Usually, ladder accidents are preventable, take time to understand how you can use your ladders and stepladders more safely, and pass these resources around your team.
TB Davies offers a range of Ladder Association and PASMA-accredited courses, with courses taking place every month to help you and your team understand the importance of safety when working at height. Contact our sales team for more details of the next working at height training course or find out the nearest class in your area.