If you work in the construction industry in New York, you probably know just how dangerous your job is. It may even seem like you hear about another crane or scaffolding accident almost every day. You may even know someone who has suffered a catastrophic injury while working on a construction site.
While you may take special care when you are working around heavy equipment or trenches or when you are working on the upper levels of a structure, it is important to remember safety techniques for jobs that seem basic or like second nature.
After years of experience it is easy to perform certain tasks while on autopilot. Unfortunately, this is also an easy way to end up hurt. Before you climb up another ladder, be sure to employ the following safety methods to increase your chances of avoiding a fall.
Use the right ladder
As you have heard probably most of your life, it is important to choose the right tool for the job. This includes choosing the right ladder. For instance, does the job require a fixed ladder or portable one? Do you need a stepladder, a straight ladder, an extension ladder or possibly even a tripod style ladder? The type of ladder you need will depend largely on the type of job you need to perform and where you must place the ladder.
In addition, you should make sure the ladder you choose is made from the proper materials. For example, you may not want to use a metal ladder if you intend to do electrical work. The ladder should also have a sufficient rating for the load you need it to support.
Check for damage
After you select the proper ladder for the job, it is time to inspect it for damage. Check for any rungs that are missing or might be loose as well as any screws or bolts that should hold the ladder together. Also, take a look at the non-skid feet and make sure they are in good shape and not worn down so much that they don’t do their intended job. In addition, the ladder should not overly wobble or have any damages to the hinges.
Stick to proper usage
Now that you have a ladder that is undamaged and right for the job, do not forget the rules of proper usage. Place the ladder so that it sits securely against the wall where you intend to work. The bottom feet should be one-quarter of its working length away from the wall where you place the top feet.
Put the ladder on stable ground and do not place it on top of any non-secure object or debris. If you are planning on using the ladder for roof access, be sure that the top extends at least 3 feet over the surface of the roof. Use the three-point rule while you are on the ladder and keep two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot on the ladder at all times.
While the above ladder safety tips can help you avoid a fall, it may impossible to avoid every accident, especially on a construction site. If you have suffered an injury due to a work-related accident on a construction site, you might be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation in order to receive the benefits you deserve.