Every year, an average of 19.4 Australians die after falling from a ladder, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
For people working in the materials handling industry, using a ladder is a necessary part of day-to-day life. However, statistics such as these reveal that too many Australians are using ladders in an unsafe manner, and being seriously injured as a result.
With that in mind, here are the top four mistakes that you should avoid when using a ladder on the job.
Using the wrong type of ladder
Ladders come in all shapes and sizes, but they are not one size fits all. Certain ladders are designed specifically for certain purposes, and should not be modified or used in an unorthodox fashion at any time.
If you are unsure what type of ladder will be required for a particular task, it is worthwhile talking to an expert who can provide advice and assistance on the type or types of ladder that would best benefit your organisation.
Placing a ladder incorrectly
All ladders need to be placed on a firm, level surface before anyone attempts to climb them. It is extremely dangerous to use a ladder that is placed on a slope, propped up on an elevated platform or used in any other unsafe manner.
Using a ladder alone
Climbing a ladder alone, for any purpose, is risky and unwise. Not only is there an increased risk that the ladder will tip and fall, but if an accident were to occur, it is less likely that someone will be around to ensure you get proper medical assistance.
Make sure you have someone with you at all times who can hold the ladder steady if need be and ensure that proper safety precautions are maintained.
Using damaged ladders
Anyone planning to climb a ladder should perform a thorough safety check before and after use. Make sure that the ladder is in proper working condition and check carefully for signs of rust or other damage that could limit structural integrity.
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