Whether your members are in the midst of spring cleaning, hanging pictures or inspecting the Lodge’s roof, ladder safety is important to acknowledge.
According to the American Ladder Institute (ALI), more than 100 people die every year in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Help ensure your members’ safety by sharing these ladder safety tips:
Basic Ladder Safety Tips
Before stepping onto a ladder, read the safety information labels and ensure it is in good condition. Never use ladders if they are missing parts or sway. Also inspect the Duty Rating of the ladder. It must be greater than the total weight of the climber, tools, supplies and other objects placed upon the ladder.
Once the ladder has been properly inspected:
- Check the weather. Do not use ladders in high winds or storms.
- Place the ladder on firm, level ground.
- Ensure the length of the ladder is high enough to avoid standing on the top rung or step.
- Wear clean slip-resistant shoes.
- Avoid carrying any objects that can interfere with a firm grip on the ladder.
Use the Three Point-of-Contact Method
The American Ladder Institute recommends the three point-of-contact method when climbing a ladder to minimize the chances of slipping and falling.
At all times while using a ladder, the climber must have three points of contact with the ladder. That can be two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand touching the steps, rungs or side rails.
While ladder safety is important for all members to be aware of, it is always a good idea to consider hiring a professional for technical work like roof repairs or tree limb removal.
In the event a member is injured, your Lodge needs the right coverage in place. The Moose Insurance Program, administered by Lockton Affinity, offers Workers’ Compensation, Property Insurance and more to ensure your Lodge is fully protected.