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Common Causes of Ladder Accidents at Home

Common Causes of Ladder Accidents at Home

May 01, 2019

With warm weather here for the foreseeable future, you may find yourself regularly using a ladder around home. For example, if you need to clean your gutters, a ladder is the best way to reach them.

While a ladder is a helpful tool, it’s also a dangerous one. It only takes one mistake to cause a serious accident that results in injury or even death.

Here are three of the most common causes of ladder accidents at home:

·      Improper setup: For example, setting a ladder on uneven ground greatly increases the chance of an accident, especially if you’re climbing high. Level, firm ground is a must.

·      Using a damaged or defective ladder: Don’t assume that your ladder is in good working condition, as these tools can wear out (or break) over time. For instance, a missing or cracked rung can cause trouble.

·      Carrying a heavy load: Don’t carry a heavy load up or down a ladder, as this can result in losing your balance. Examples include heavy tools and shingles.

If you’re not comfortable using a ladder, such as to inspect your roof for damage, call a professional for assistance. This is much better than taking a risk and finding yourself injured in an accident.

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