At Menno S. Martin we’re big on safety, especially when it comes to DYI renovation projects. There are a lot of hidden dangers that can be involved during a renovation and if you don’t have much experience in demolitions or renovations, there are some major things that you should be aware of.
Today we’re covering ladder safety to prevent falls. It’s so easy to have a construction accident and falling often makes up a huge number of this type of accident each year. Here are some easy tips for preventing falls on ladders when you’re working.
- Regular Ladders
- When climbing up or down always face the ladder
- Always keep three points of contact with the ladder at all times
- Only one person may climb the ladder at a time
- Do not work from the top two rungs of the ladder
- Do not carry heavy or hazardous materials when climbing the ladder
- Carry tools in a tool belt when climbing
- If your ladder is in front of a door, ensure the door is locked or blocked off
- Make sure shoes or boots are free from grease and mud
- Step Ladders
- Never fold up a step ladder and attempt to use it like you would a regular ladder
- Do not work from the top two steps of the ladder or on the shelf
- Use one hand to brace yourself against the structure while using the other to hammer, drill, etc.
- Ensure the step ladder is fully opened and the lock spreaders are in place
- Only stand on the front side of the ladder to prevent it from collapsing
- Extension Ladders
- If you are using a metal ladder, make sure it is kept away from power and electrical lines
- Ensure the two sections of the ladder overlap
- Make sure all the ladder’s locks are properly engaged
- Only place the ladder against a stable surface or structure
- Set up the ladder at a safe angle: standing with your toes against the base, stand straight with your arms at shoulder height towards the ladder, move the ladder until your knuckles touch the side rails
At Menno S. Martin, we never skimp on safety and we know that this is one of the most important aspects of home renovations. If you have undertaken a project that is a bit beyond your scope of knowledge, contact us today to get a quote. And if you don’t know the first thing about starting a home renovation, contact the experts you can trust right from the start!