In life, we all encounter situations where we cannot fully understand the situation. Unfortunately, misunderstandings are part of life, but it is our deep understanding of this misunderstanding that defines us. Today will expose some misunderstandings about ladder safety.
There is a lot of confusion regarding the material of the ladder and what is considered safe or unsafe, so let us address these issues.
Although there are many heavy-duty ladders that can be used safely, the weight of the product does not determine stability or durability. With the improvement of the manufacturing process in the past 20 years, the weight of the ladder manufactured by the ladder manufacturer is only a small part of the past, but the carrying capacity has exceeded the old ladder.
Most A-frame ladders have braces between the guide rails. We have all used them and are familiar with their purpose. Although many stepladders are designed to require booms to ensure stability, not all ladders require booms.
A thicker rail does not mean a safer rail. Now, this is not to say that wide or thick ladder railings are not safe. It’s just that smaller railings can be equally strong, and sometimes have greater load-bearing capacity than those thick wide railing ladders. A smaller ladder does not mean that it is not trade-grade.
Now, for ladder misunderstandings that are particularly important for misunderstandings of your safety ladder behavior. Obviously, we are not talking about the behavior of the ladder. This is about your behavior and attitude when climbing ladders, which will affect your safety.
1) Climbing down is as dangerous as climbing up
The steady behavior of leaving the ground is a challenge for some people, which is why some, going to the process the ladder may be the most nerve-wracking part. So, when you are climbing down and approaching the safety of the ground, it is easy to assume that you are the safest. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The false sense of security you feel when you descend can lead to complacency, leading you to not pay close attention to your behavior or your surroundings. In fact, one of the most common ladder-related injuries is missing the bottom step of the ladder when descending. 20% of people will be injured by that little action. We are not trying to scare you; we just want you to consider your efforts when going up and down the ladder.
2) Not all ladders are inclined ladders
You can climb any ladder against the wall, right? Incorrect. In fact, in most professional workplaces, it is common sense that tilting ladders violate OSHA. However, OSHA safety meetings are not usually held at home, so many people still climb the stepladder against the wall. Recently created specially designed inclined ladders have made more and more people think that all ladders are inclined ladders. So, let us clarify-unless your ladder is specifically designed to lean against a wall or workbench, it should not be tilted.
3) Never stand on the top cover
Although the top step of each ladder is equipped with safety tags that warn you not to stand above a certain height, people still do. Many people defend it, thinking they are an exception to the rule, or if you are careful enough (which is not the case). Standing on the top cover is dangerous, and if you lose your balance, you can cause some of the most dangerous ladder-related falls. You can avoid pain (and medical expenses) just by standing on the approved rungs.