Lesson 3 - Safety Procedures

Lesson 3 -

Safety Procedures

Sectional Ladder Set Up and Safety

Most ladder accidents occur because of overreaching while standing on ladders, failure to secure ladders, climbing one handed, standing on the top rung or platform, using worn or damaged ladders, leaving tools on ladders which fall onto someone’s head.  Never climb a ladder until you have inspected it. Make sure there are no cracks in the frame, loose or damaged rungs, broken locks or pulleys or frayed or worn ropes. 


1)    When moving or carrying ladder be aware of your surroundings, if you think at any time you might lose control of the ladder it is good to have an idea which direction to send it.

2)    Make sure to place all pieces evenly across your shoulder and use your legs not your back to lift.

3)    When at set up point place all pieces as close to the side of the house as possible to be able to manage the ladder as much as possible. Never allow the ladder to touch the glass (this will cause you to break a seal and possibly the glass). Watch for overhead wires. Watch for bees’ nest. Make sure the end of the top section is covered with a cotton bonnet to protect any surface it encounters.

4)    Always check that the ladder is level, and at the correct angle by bringing your arms straight out at shoulder height. You should be able to place your palms on the ladder sides with your body erect and your feet touching the ladder's feet. 

5)    When you get on the first step of the ladder get into the habit of jumping on the rung while you’re only a foot off the ground to check if the ladder is going to move. It's best to find out at this point.


Protecting Your Back When Lifting:


Think before you lift. Test the load before lifting it. Place feet shoulder width apart close to the object, then bend the knees. Get a secure grip of the object. Lift with the legs, keeping the back straight. Lift evenly and slowly, do not jerk the load. Keep the load as close to the body as possible. If you must change the direction that you are facing while carrying a load do not twist the torso, but rather turn the feet in the direction of intended travel. Allow the body to follow the feet. When moving with the load keep it close to the body. Watch for slip and fall hazards. To let the load down, follow the steps in reverse.


Know how to avoid dangerous motions. Don’t overdo it, ask for help. And take care of your back it is the only one you’ve got! 

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