We’ve all seen hilarious accidents caught on camera for ‘You’ve Been Framed’, some involving ladders. And while the misfortune of others can be funny when we know no serious injury incurred, some aren't so fortunate. It’s important to treat the equipment you use with respect, but unfortunately for some, we often realised this too late...
So here's a guide to staying safe on ladders (with a bias towards loft ladders, of course).
While you may disregard the potential danger of a ladder, something as miniscule as mis-stepping is all it may take to lose one’s balance and fall flat to the floor. Sounds easily avoided, but here are some startling stats that prove why care should always be taken.
To avoid becoming a statistic, common sense precautions are all you need.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of ladder injuries occur in the construction sector or in DIY work. We’re probably all guilty of underestimating the threat a ladder may actually pose, causing us to cut corners on the necessary precautions.
The festive season is notorious for a spike in serious injuries, including falls from ladders, resulting in a rather joyless Christmas. Instances like this typically occur when retrieving or dismantling your Christmas tree.
But Christmas isn't the only time we should be cautious, as more and more lofts are being used for storage purposes throughout the year.
Fundamentally, anyone is in danger of a fall. However we can all significantly reduce the risks by following the recommended advice below.
A 54-year-old woman tragically suffered a fatal ladder fall after retrieving Christmas decorations from her attic.
Reports indicated her fall was a consequence of one of the ladders rungs collapsing unexpectedly. This demonstrates the need to maintain or replace any equipment, including ladders, before they start to fail.
A 32-year-old Texas man sustained horrific injuries following an unfortunate fall while helping out in his local community.
Recalling the event, he plunged through the roof, descending 14 feet to land on his back. Initially claiming he ‘felt fine’ discomfort soon settled in, resulting in ‘significant’ back, neck and arm pain. After eventually being admitted to the hospital three days later, scans revealing major damage to one of his vertebrae. Had this been left untreated, he may have been paralysed.
Hopefully these examples of ladder accidents will encourage safe and responsible ladder use, and deter the potentially dangerous mistreatment of laders.
Follow this five point ladder safety strategy:
Falling off a ladder would definitely be a daft way to injure yourself. To avoid A&E embarrassment, make a conscious effort to be safe and smart upon a ladder. Remember our five point safety strategy and always stay wary when working at any height.
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