December 1, 2020
Stay safe up there!
The countdown to Christmas has begun! Sadly that also means thare’s a risk of people falling from ladders and stepladders as they hang decorations, lights and dress the Christmas tree.
As the festive season approaches, the No Falls Foundation is urging everyone to take extra care – especially anyone who seldom uses a ladder on the odd occasion.
However, there are some simple steps that everyone can take for an accident free Christmas. The Foundation is asking everyone to take extra care and follow this simple advice:
1. Avoid using furniture, tables and chairs to stand on. Use a ladder or stepladder according to the height you wish to reach
2. Before using the ladder make sure it’s in good condition. Check the rungs or treads and the sides are not bent, damaged or loose. Check the feet are clean and secure, the locking devices are working and step ladder platforms are not buckled or cracked
3. Position the ladder on a firm and level surface, facing the work wherever possible. Check the label for the ladders maximum load and don’t exceed it. Step ladders must be fully opened, and any locking devices properly engaged. Never overreach – just move the ladder to a better position
4. Maintain a firm handhold and only let go for a moment when the task requires it. When using a step ladder for jobs that briefly require both hands, keep both feet on the same step or on the platform and your body (knees or chest) supported by the stepladder to maintain three points of contact. On a leaning ladder, don’t do any jobs that require you to let go for more than a few seconds e.g. starting a screw or nail
5. Wear footwear with a good grip and move slowly and carefully up and down the ladder
6. Don’t drink and decorate! Alcohol significantly increases your risk of falling. You can celebrate once the job is done!
We hope you all stay safe – Merry Christmas!