With housebound Aussies embarking on DIY more than ever following the strict measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bailey Ladders is urging hardware consumers to take extra care when working at heights.
Major hardware stores have seen a surge in shoppers purchasing home improvement and gardening products, and while keeping busy is important, there is the potential for more accidents and injuries due to incorrect safety precautions while performing duties at home.
“While now might be the perfect opportunity to undertake those DIY and maintenance jobs your customers have not had time for, we urge everyone to think about safe practices before they start, especially when it comes to working from heights,” Bailey Ladders Managing Director APAC, Scott Douglas said recently.
“No matter what your customer is doing, they always need to use their ladder safely. This is not just limited to having someone hold the ladder while users climb it – it starts with making sure equipment is clean and fit for use as well as ensuring users aren’t putting themselves in a position where you need to overreach while using a ladder.
In 2013-14, falling from a ladder was the most common cause of DIY injury, and more than half of all DIY injuries due to a fall, resulted in a fracture.
When undertaking DIY activities around the home, it is important to choose the correct ladder or equipment for the task at hand, as well as using high-quality equipment with the relevant safety features, to prevent the likelihood of injury and harm when working at heights.
Regardless of the type of ladder being used or the job at hand, there are simple steps users can reiterate to their customers including:
- Make sure the ladder is clean and free from dirt and grease and only use when wearing fully enclosed, non-slip footwear to prevent slipping.
- Always inspect ladders for damage or missing components – a damaged ladder is a dangerous ladder.
- Never use a ladder when impaired by illness, medication, drugs or alcohol.
- Be sure to correctly place ladder on a firm level surface. When using an extension ladder, ensure that the ladder is 1m from the vertical surface it is resting against for every 4m of ladder length.
- Never overreach when using a ladder, as users will lose their balance.
- Never stand on or above the second tread from the top of a ladder as this can cause users to lose their balance.
- When using an extension ladder or straight ladder, it is good practice to have a second person secure the ladder, especially when transferring from the ladder to the roof and back.
While the extra time Australians are spending at home offers a great opportunity to undertake DIY and maintenance jobs, it is crucial to take the necessary precautions to ensure any job at heights is done safely.
For further information on ladder safety around the home, visit: http://baileyladders.com.au/safety