Ladder Safety Concerns Us All – Especially These Guys!September 5, 2016
We continue to be amazed at the way tradesmen and DIYers alike take risks with ladders. I-spy an accident waiting to happen! Create your own triple extender ladder by lashing three singles together??
Besides, if you’re working at that height, is a ladder the right option anyway? Maybe these guys should have hired a cherry-picker.
There’s a campaign on by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) in the UK to make the regulations clearer and more accessible to businesses. They are also debunking some myths. Did you know, for example:
Ladders should be tied where possible
At least 3 points of contact should be made at all times, i.e. two feet and a hand
You should not be expected to work up a ladder for more than 30 minutes at a stretch.
And how about this? Convenient, but scary. The answer here, of course, is to build a platform (or would those doors allow access to a cherry picker?). Maybe they doesn’t realise that a fall from only 15 feet is enough to break a bone or cause internal injury.
Whaaaat? Surely this must be faked! Not even a guy at the bottom with his foot on the lowest rung.
As for this, words fail us! How many potential hazards can you spot? We managed 6 at least.