Take our tips before going up
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.
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.
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.