Ladder Safety

Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:00 pm

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.

Be safe!

Re: Ladder Safety

Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:52 pm

According to one of the safety training sessions we had, the most common cause of accidents from people trimming trees was the limb hinging and knocking down the ladder they were standing on. Of course there have been a number injured form having the ladder on the WRONG side of the cut, and cutting off their own support.

Re: Ladder Safety

Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:13 pm

After an exciting incident yesterday involving a sideways sliding ladder, I ordered a pair of leg levelers from Amazon-

45% off and free shipping!

You don't have to fall very far to break a bone, or at least ruin your day.

Re: Ladder Safety

Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:22 am

:D :D Tip of the day. Make sure there's a ladder there before you step off the roof!

Re: Ladder Safety

Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:37 am

Brent wrote::D :D Tip of the day. Make sure there's a ladder there before you step off the roof!

:( :( :( Ironically, After I posted this on12/29/13, My son was taking down the Xmas lights at his house and the extension ladder collapsed under him. Wound up in the hospital with 2 crushed vertebra and 2 fractured vertebra. He now has a permanent cage around the crushed disks and screws in the other two. Fortunately no paralysis and he will be ok. He won't be able to go back to work until October2014. We still don't know what caused the ladder to collapse. I suspect both rung latches didn't catch properly.