If your company offers holiday lighting to keep workers busy during the slow season, don’t forget that one main reason customers are hiring you is because they don’t want the dangerous task of scaling the ladder during the winter months.
Falls while installing Christmas lights can result in severe, life-altering injuries if proper safety precautions are not taken. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found the most frequently reported holiday decorating incidents seen in emergency departments involved falls.
Before using a ladder, be sure to make sure it isn’t damaged. Look for dents, cracks or broken parts and take note if the ladder seems unsteady or loose before climbing. Be sure to know the ladder’s weight limit as well before ascending with your materials.
Here are some ladder placement tips:
When climbing a ladder, it is important to have slip-resistant shoes. Also, remember to wipe off any mud or slippery substances from shoe soles. Maintain three points of contact at all times by either keeping two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand on the ladder when climbing.
Keep your body centered on the ladder. Be sure not to lean too far in either direction; if something is out of reach, get down and move the ladder. Do not work from the top three rungs.
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