4 Ladder Safety Tips

ladderAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 people per year are treated and about 300 people die from ladder-related injuries in the United States. Ladder falls can happen anywhere, at any time, especially while doing work around the house. If you plan on having a neighbor or a friend help with a task that involves a ladder, follow these four ladder safety tips to avoid any injuries:

  1. Check your equipment for recommended usage and instruction labels for weight and height restrictions. Make sure that you place the ladder on level, sturdy ground.
  2. Review your surroundings. If you are using a ladder outside, check the weather forecast to ensure that there are no potentially dangerous weather conditions that could obstruct the proper use of your ladder. Keep your ladder away from doors and debris.
  3. Use the buddy system when climbing on a ladder. Have someone be the spotter at the base of the ladder to confirm that you are level and steady.
  4. Be aware of your body movements while on a ladder. It is best to keep calm and still whenever you are on a ladder. Maintain a 3-point contact with two hands on the ladder and both feet secure.

Whether you are cleaning your gutters, getting on the roof or putting Christmas decorations up yourself, or with help from others, follow these four tips to ensure everyone is safe on a ladder. To learn more about how liability insurance can cover you in the event that someone falls off of a ladder while helping you, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.

Sources: CDC, PropertyCasualty360

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