Ladder Safety Is Always Important for Roofing Contractors – and it should be for you, too!
At Alpha Roofing and Construction of Atlanta, you can be sure that we spend a lot of time going up and down ladders. You might think that the familiarity we have with ladders as roofing contractors would lead us to be a bit lackadaisical when it comes to ladder safety. Well, we’re here to tell you that you would be wrong. The proper and safe use of a ladder should always be paramount to any roofing company – and it should be just as important for you!
According to the National Safety Council (NSC.org), “Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths and the top cause of nonfatal injuries, according to Injury Facts. In 2017, 36,338 people died from falls at home or at work.”
Ladder Safety Tips
Some people approach ladders with caution, others will scramble up the rungs without a thought and, of course, some people would really rather keep their feet planted firmly on the ground. Even if heights aren’t your thing, there are times when you may have to climb a ladder – to change a lightbulb, to get something off the top shelf or to get your cat out of a tree!
Whatever category you fall under, you should always follow essential safety tips when working with a ladder. The following tips are drawn from the NSC’s Ladder Safety Precautions:
Choose the Right Ladder
“Using the wrong ladder can be dangerous,” they say. You’ll want to think about things like how high you need to go, how much weight the ladder will need to hold and the environment in which you are working.
Start with a Firm Foundation
First and foremost, the NSC says, “No matter what kind of ladder you’re using, place the base on a firm, solid surface and avoid slippery, wet or soft surfaces.”
Climb with Care
The NSC points out that people who use ladders frequently – like the professionals at a roofing company – can run the risk of becoming complacent. “Make sure every time you step on a ladder you are mindful of the task at hand, have reviewed the labels on the ladder and confirmed that the ladder is in good working condition.”
Safety is always a prime consideration for Alpha Roofing and Construction of Atlanta, a locally owned roofing company serving Carol and Harlson Counties.