Take our tips be­fore go­ing up

The Western Star - - LIFE -

WITH re­ported lad­der fall in­jury num­bers in­creas­ing for men aged 60 and older who are work­ing in and around the home, it’s a good time to re­view some top safety tips.

Right lad­der type

Use a stan­dards-ap­proved lad­der (Aus­tralian Stan­dard AS/NZS 1892).

Read the man­u­fac­turer’s ad­vice and fol­low safety warn­ings.

Check it’s in good work­ing or­der – free of rust, has non­slip safety feet, and that safety locks and braces are in place.

Right con­di­tions

Only work up a lad­der in suit­able con­di­tions – a hot day may cause you to get dizzy and lose bal­ance, a wet day may cause you or the lad­der to slip, high winds could cause the lad­der to fall.

Make sure the lad­der is not placed in front of out­ward-open­ing doors or win­dows.

Set up safely

Place the lad­der on dry, firm and level ground. Al­ways en­sure it’s locked firmly into place be­fore use.

Make sure the lad­der is the right height for the job.

Work safely

Wear non-slip footwear. Work within your arm’s reach and avoid lean­ing out – it’s much safer to get down and read­just the lad­der.

Main­tain three points of con­tact at all times while on the lad­der.

Know your lim­its

Work within your lim­its and make sure an­other per­son is at home while you are work­ing with a lad­der.

For more tips, go to www.bet­ter­health.vic.gov.au.

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