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Climb the Rungs of Ladder Safety

Whether at work or at home, most people use ladders throughout the year for a variety of tasks and chores. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury [deaths] nationwide – 43 percent of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder.

Ladder accidents are extremely common even though they are entirely preventable. They result from a wide variety of issues.

Tips for using ladders:

  • Read and follow all labels/markings on the ladder.
  • Avoid electrical hazards – look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder and avoid using a metal ladder near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment.
  • Only use ladders and appropriate accessories (ladder levelers, jacks or hooks) for their designed purposes.
  • Ladders must be free of slippery material on the rungs, steps or feet.
  • Do not use a self-supporting ladder (e.g., step ladder) as a single ladder or in a partially closed position.
  • Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder as a step/rung unless it was designed for that purpose.
  • An extension or straight ladder used to access an elevated surface must extend at least three feet above the point of support. Do not stand on the three top rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.
  • The proper angle for setting up a ladder is to place its base a quarter of the working length of the ladder from the wall or other vertical surface.
  • A ladder placed in any location where it can be displaced by other work activities must be secured to prevent displacement or a barricade must be erected to keep traffic away from the ladder.
  • Be sure that all locks on an extension ladder are properly engaged.
Source:  AMP Public Power Connections Spring 2016 edition.
 
Electrical Safety Checklist

Wall Plug and SocketHere is a checklist you can use to help you make your home safe:

  • Electric outlets are not overloaded with lots of plugs.
  • Electric cords are in good condition.
  • Electric cords do not run under rugs, furniture legs or near hot appliances.
  • Electric appliances are used away from water.
  • People carry appliances by the handle, not the cord. 
  • A multipurpose fire extinguisher is kept in the house.
  • Electric appliances that can get hot, such as toasters heaters and light bulbs, are kept away from things that can burn.
  • Safety caps are inserted in outlets when small children are around.
  • Small appliances are turned off and/or unplugged when people leave home.
  • All extension cords, lights and appliances used outdoors are labeled for outdoor use.

Click on the Electrical Safety Foundation International link below for more information about electrical safety.

Electrical Safety Foundation International

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