When Gutter Cleaning – Be Aware of Ladder Safety
With autumn just around the corner and the weather starting to cool off, many of us start gutter cleaning to prepare for the rainy and/or snowy season ahead. However, this annual ritual is not without risk. Before embarking on that ladder, Security Specialists wants you to be aware of these ten safety and security tips that can help prevent a deadly accident when gutter cleaning:
- Look Before You Climb – Look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder. Avoid using a metal ladder near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment.
- Always inspect the ladder before using it.
- Keep both your feet on the ladder.
- Only use a ladder on a stable and level surface.
- When using an A-frame stepladder, make sure the brace is locked in place.
- Secure tall ladders by lashing or fastening the ladder to prevent movement.
- Always maintain a 3-point (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) contact on the ladder when climbing.
- Never move or shift a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.
- Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder as a step/rung unless it was designed for that purpose.
- Never exceed the maximum load rating of a ladder. Be aware of the ladder’s load rating and of the weight it is supporting, including the weight of any tools or equipment.