Ladders are a terrific tool both for personal and professional use. Whether you’re cleaning your gutters or working on a construction job, ladders get you where you need to be. Because of their size, however, they come with a risk. That’s why it’s important to take care of it and use and store it properly. Doing so can help prevent damage to the ladder, yourself, or others.
Ladder accidents are often caused by things like not using a ladder properly, the ladder being in poor condition, incorrect positioning of the ladder, placing the ladder on a dirty, greasy, or uneven surface, using unsafe work practices, using the wrong ladder, and using defective ladders. To fix these problems, make sure you have the right ladder, set it up properly, and pay attention to what you are doing and what is safe to do.
Using and storing your ladder properly is important. More than 500,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries and this is not a statistic that you want to be a part of.