On almost every construction site you will find ladders. They grant access to places that would otherwise be difficult to reach.
Ladders vary in their size but they all pose a potential danger to workers. Even a fall from the first rung can result in a severe injury.
There are definitely right and wrong ways to use ladders and the following tips should help to keep you safe.
Placement of the base
The surface you place your ladder on is extremely important. Think of your ladder as a temporary construction. Every construction needs a solid foundation, and your ladder is no exception. Make sure that the surface area is flat and is not slippery in any way. Once you are up there, it is too late and an uneven surface or loss of grip could result in the ladder slipping, which will ultimately lead to a devastating fall.
Don’t use the very top
The top rung of your ladder is usually there just to support the overall structure of the item. It should not be used and a warning label will usually indicate this. Don’t ignore this warning by stepping on the very top of the ladder. It can be a tempting shortcut, but it may also be a costly one. If you need to, start over and find a ladder that is the correct fit for the job.
Ensuring that you utilize equipment in an appropriate manner is only one part of workplace safety. Your employer also has a duty to protect you to the best of their ability. If you have been hurt on the job, be sure to check out any potential legal remedies in New York.