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MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014
We can't tell you how many people are injured every year falling from ladders while at work or while helping a friend or neighbor. Many of these accidents cause serious injury and even death. Here are some important things to keep in mind should you, a friend or fellow worker need to use a ladder.
Always make sure the ladder is in a safe operation condition and can support the weight that will be on it.
Choose the correct ladder for the job at hand.
Make sure the ladder is on flat level ground and standing at about a 75 degree angle.
Check to make sure the feet of the ladder are secure and that the rubber grippers are in good condition. Test the ladder before climbing.
Make sure the ladder extension locks are securely in place and locked (if you don't know what we're talking about, see this scene:
Extend the ladder about 3 feet above the roof line and make sure it can't slide. Tie off the ladder or buy ladder supports that distribute the weight out wider for better stabilization.
Never use a metal ladder near electrical devices or lines.
Always have someone hold the bottom of the ladder if possible.
Don't place ladder near a door where someone can open it and hit the ladder
Do not lean while on the ladder and don't step on the top 3 rungs or any rungs that may extend above the roof line.
When the work is complete, store the ladder in a safe place to prevent children or others from playing on it.
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