As a construction worker, you may find yourself regularly climbing up and down a ladder. While this sounds simple enough, you should never overlook the fact that you could be part of an accident at some point.
Here are some of the top mistakes you can make when using a ladder:
- Using a damaged ladder. Don’t get into the habit of believing that every ladder will last forever. It only takes minor damage to cause a major accident.
- Choosing the wrong type of ladder. There is more than one type of ladder, and you need to make sure you are using the right one for the job you are completing.
- Incorrect use. This can be anything from skipping rungs when climbing to neglecting to maintain three points of contact at all times.
- Incorrect placement. It’s imperative to place your ladder on firm and level ground. If you don’t do this, there is a much greater risk of the ladder tipping when climbing or descending.
You don’t want to make any of these mistakes when using a ladder, as an accident is something you’re trying to avoid at all costs.
If you are part of a ladder accident, don’t attempt to move from the scene. Call for medical assistance and wait where you are.
Once you receive treatment, make sure your employer knows what happened. If you’re unable to return to work, learn more about the workers’ compensation system and the steps you need to take. It’s a must that you put yourself in position to receive benefits.
Source: West Bend, “Ladder Safety,” accessed Nov. 03, 2017