It is National Safety Month and the National Safety Council (NSC) has shared a list of a common hazards to avoid to help prevent slips, trips and falls.
This list of common hazards focuses on ladder safety, and when followed it can help to prevent accidents and injuries.
Common Hazards to Remove
- Choose the right ladder for the job and make sure you have received training on how to use it properly
- Check the work area for hazards, such as cords or objects in the walkway
- If the ladder is particularly long and heavy, get a coworker to help you carry it
- Inspect the ladder before and after a job â donât use a damaged or unsafe ladder
- Read all warning labels carefully and follow directions before you climb
- Place the base of the ladder on a firm, solid surface
- Make sure the top of the ladder has firm support, too â never lean a ladder against a window pane or other unstable surface
- A straight or extension ladder should be placed 1 foot away from the surface it rests against for every 4 feet of ladder height â make sure the ladder extends at least 3 feet over the top edge
- Securely fasten straight and extension ladders to the upper support
- Wear clean, dry, slip-resistant shoes and use ladders with slip resistant feet
- Pay attention to the weight limits specific to the ladder you are using
- Donât stand any higher than the third rung from the top of a ladder
- Donât lean or overreach â reposition the ladder closer to the work instead
- Donât use a ladder as a bridge or scaffold
- Donât put a ladder on a box, barrel or other object to gain additional height
- Always keep at least three points of contact with the ladder (i.e. two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand)
- When you climb, always face the ladder and grip the rungs, not the siderails
- Keep your body between the ladder siderails when climbing
- Do not climb with tools in hand â use a tool belt
- Climb down a ladder one rung at a time and donât jump off
- Do not use ladders outdoors in windy or inclement weather, and if the weather turns while you are on it, descend immediately
By removing the above list of hazards, it is the NSC’s hope to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. Safety starts with you, so take control of your situation and remove danger from the workplace.
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