Ladder Safety

Thursday, December 01, 2011

You may not think cleaning out the gutters or changing a light bulb could be high-risk tasks. But any job that involves climbing a ladder has potential for injury, as Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Each year there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries in the United States relating to falls from ladders.

To help avoid injuries caused by falls from ladders, use the following tips for staying safe:

Make sure your ladder is sturdy and in good shape. Before using it, inspect it for any loose screws, hinges or rungs that you might not have fixed before you put it away last time. Clean off any mud or other liquids that might have accumulated on the ladder.

Be sure to place the ladder on a firm, level surface. Never place a ladder on ground that is uneven or on spongy, soft or muddy ground. During colder weather, never set your ladder on slippery, frozen spots.

Always reposition the ladder closer to the work. This prevents over reaching or leaning far to one side.

Anyone over 50 years old, who is not a professional, should not be climbing ladders.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.