When it’s time to clean your gutters, more than likely, your first thought is “Oh no, here I go again, back up on that wobbly ladder of mine.” Ladder safety is paramount and the safest thing you can do is not go up on one ever again. There’s an easy solution and that is to call Wood and Wood Seamless Gutters. They’re the gutter cleaning professionals that you want up on their ladders while you watch, safely, from your living room window. They’re not only the best in the business but they’re as affordable as can be.

However, if you’re one of those “die-to-the-wool” do it yourselfers then there are some important ladder safety tips that you should absolutely keep in mind before you put one foot on the first rung of your ladder. First thing to keep in mind is that a ladder is a tool and that many of the basic safety rules that apply to all tools should be taken into consideration when you’re
going up and down on your ladder.

First off never ever go on a ladder if it’s windy out or there’s a storm brewing. If you’re kind of tired or you lose your balance easily, maybe being a ladder is not in your best interest. The footwear you use is an important consideration and leather soled shoes are a definite no no.

Now this might sound like a no brainer but make sure your ladder is in good working condition. That means there are no missing parts and that it is simply not a rickety old thing that sways to and fro. Having a ladder that is the right size for the job is paramount to insure that the user does not have to stand on the top rung which is simply a risk not worth taking.

Now speaking of no brainers, your ladder should always be placed on a firm and level surface and you should also make sure that the top of the ladder is not placed on a slippery surface eliminating any chance of your ladder upending from
the top or the bottom.

It’s important to make sure that there is always and only one person at a time on your ladder. This is one of those cases where the more is not the merrier.

Now once you’re on the ladder please just simply take your time. Climb slowly and deliberately and never ever attempt to move the ladder from side to side while you’re standing on it.

All of these recommendations lead us back to our very first and that is stay off your ladder. Sell it in a tag sale and then pick up your phone and call Wood and Wood Seamless Gutters to have them do all the ladder climbing to get those gutters of yours cleaned properly while you enjoy your second cup of coffee. Call Wood and Wood today at 860 563 8820.

  • If you feel tired or dizzy, or are prone to losing your balance, stay off the ladder.
  • Do not use ladders in high winds or storms.
  • Wear clean slip-resistant shoes. Shoes with leather soles are not appropriate for ladder use since they are not considered sufficiently slip resistant.
  • Before using a ladder, inspect it to confirm it is in good working condition.
    • Ladders with loose or missing parts must be rejected. Rickety ladders that sway or
      lean to the side must be rejected.
  • The ladder you select must be the right size for the job.
    • The Duty Rating of the ladder must be greater than the total weight of the climber, tools, supplies, and other objects placed upon the ladder. The length of the ladder must be sufficient so that the climber does not have to stand on the top rung or step.
  • When the ladder is set-up for use, it must be placed on firm level ground and without any type of slippery condition present at either the base or top support points.
  • Only one person at a time is permitted on a ladder unless the ladder is specifically designed for more than one climber (such as a Trestle Ladder).
  • Ladders must not be placed in front of closed doors that can open toward the ladder. The door must be blocked open, locked, or guarded.
  • Read the safety information labels on the ladder.
    • The on-product safety information is specific to the particular type of ladder on which it appears. The climber is not considered qualified or adequately trained to use the ladder until familiar with this information.

 

The Three Point-of-Contact Climb

Factors contributing to falls from ladders include haste, sudden movement, lack of attention, the
condition of the ladder (worn or damaged), the user’s age or physical condition, or both, and the
user’s footwear.

  • Although the user’s weight or size typically does not increase the likelihood of a fall, improper climbing posture creates user clumsiness and may cause falls. Reduce your chances of falling during the climb by:
  • wearing slip-resistant shoes with heavy soles to prevent foot fatigue;
  • cleaning the soles of shoes to maximize traction;
  • using towlines, a tool belt or an assistant to convey materials so that the climbers hands are free when climbing;
  • climbing slowly and deliberately while avoiding sudden movements;
  • never attempting to move a ladder while standing on it;
  • keeping the center of your belt buckle (stomach) between the ladder side rails when climbing and while working. Do not overreach or lean while working so that you don’t fall off the ladder sideways or pull the ladder over sideways while standing on it.

When climbing a ladder, it is safest to utilize Three Points-of-Contact because it minimizes the chances of slipping and falling from the ladder. At all times during ascent, descent, and working, the climber must face the ladder and have two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder steps, rungs and/or side rails. In this way, the climber is not likely to become unstable in the event one limb slips during the climb. It is important to note that the climber must not carry any objects in either hand that can interfere with a firm grip on the ladder. Otherwise, Three Points-of-Contact with the ladder cannot be adequately maintained and the chance of falling is increased in the event a hand or foot slip occurs.