Having to get out an extension ladder today to take care of a leak on a building with a flat roof, I summond my young son to bring a broom up for me. Several other items were needed, my son fetching them and bringing them up for me.
When we were done, we gathered the collection of tools and headed for the ladder. I suddenly realized my son was scurrying up and down with no regard for safety.
I stopped him and asked him if I had ever taught him how to properly ascend and descend a ladder. He replied no.
Quite embarrassing spending nearly 20 years as a volunteer firefighter, but neglecting to spend the time instructing him how to safely use a ladder, primarily by maintaining 3 contact points at all times no matter what circumstances tie up your hands.
I can't believe I let something this important get past his important things in life to learn education, but apparently I did.
Now that he's been educated, folks reading this remember if you have younger children or grandchildren around, if they haven't been taught ladder safety, the next time you have one out is a good time to begin. Never know, they may become firefighters and your training will put them at the head of ladder class.
Once you have them all educated on ladder safety, don't let them bust you breaking the rules you taught them by always making sure the ladder has a firm foundation, maintaining 3 contact points, locking in when you work from the ladder, never over reaching, and if available, someone on the ground to steady the ladder during climbing.
A helmet or hard hat for your ground person is never a bad item to outfit them with if available.
A friend of mine decided to "save some money" by saw trimming some trees from a ladder. After the fall that cost him six weeks pay, he rethought his choice between doing it himself and contracting it out to someone who knew what they were doing, hiring out his trimming the following year.
"HAVE ALL YOUR DELIVERIES MADE BY UNION DRIVERS"