Do-it-Yourself Ladder Safety Guide
by Amanda Miller
In 2004, the United States Department of Labor reported that the number of injuries and fatalities from falls from roofs and ladders had increased. This report focused on occupational injuries that generally occur among trained personnel, which speaks to an even greater safety concern over DIY projects utilizing ladders.
Most accidents occur from incorrect use of the ladder or materials. Before you begin a project make sure that you have gone through safety preparations and are familiar with the tools to be used. As in most DIY projects, the best safety precaution is to think out your task thoroughly before beginning. You should have confidence in both yours and your equipment's ability to complete the project.
Once you have decided that you need to use a ladder to complete your project, make sure that you have the right type of ladder. There are many types of ladders all with their own advantages and disadvantages, which may include weight and height limits. If you are not sure that your ladder is the best fit for the job, make sure to consult a professional.
Some qualities to look for in a ladder are:
Diving into your Project
While you may be eager to get started on your project, please take the time to ensure that your ladder is set-up correctly and that you know how to use it safely.
These ten tips will help keep you safe, but they are not all-inclusive! If you have any questions about your ladder's operation or safety concerns, make sure to consult your ladder's manufacturer.
Amanda Miller is an avid DIY-er and home repair enthusiast. She regularly reviews new products and tools on the market.