Deck-Building Ladder Safety
Follow these 5 procedures to stay safe on any ladder.
When using a ladder, it’s important to make sure that it is set up solidly and securely so that when you reach out for something there is no chance that the ladder will give way. With extension ladders, it’s a good idea to drive a 16d nail into the wood on either side of the ladder and then bend it over the ladder’s flange, which keeps the top of the ladder from moving. Once up off the ground, build platforms to make it safe to move around. If there is an obvious hazard, which might be easy to forget, clearly mark it so that it is impossible to ignore. When climbing ladders with loads, keep the weight centered over your body and always have one hand on the ladder frame.
Clearly flag or mark any hazards to protect yourself and anyone else who may come onto the job site.
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Pick Up Your Ladder at the Perfect Spot Every Time – If you got to carry a long extension ladder around, you could pick it up two or three times to find the balance point, but there’s a better way.