Be Safe Up on That Ladder, The Dalles!
When autumn comes in Oregon, it means leaves will drop and clog gutters, and old branches and hedges will need trimming. Whatever your crew may be doing, it likely involves using a ladder. They need the right information on how to safely use and work while up on the ladder. Oregon Trail Insurance wants you and your employees to be safe up there – so keep these helpful tips in mind when you set up for fall clean up or any other job that requires a ladder:
Before You Climb – Be Prepared and Protected
- Make sure your crew is protected by your policy
Make sure your employees are just that, and not sub-contractors with no proof of insurance. Oregon Trail can make sure your employee coverage is up-to-date before you start the job.
- Training Saves Lives, Oregon
Smart workers are safe workers – that’s why Oregon Trail encourages you to train your employees on the proper ladder type for the ground surface, when to nail or tack down a ladder, how to tie it off when conditions are slippery, and how to safely angle ladders to optimize their safety. You can learn more and get employee training materials on this safety topic when you contact Oregon Trail Insurance.
- Know the Causes of a Fall
Ladder related accidents occur for a variety of reasons. The most common are: ladder slipped, carrying material, slipped on rung, struck by material, handling ladder, ladder broke, standing on top, reaching too far and electric shock.
- Ladder Safety, Common Sense for The Dalles
Oregon supervisors can use a few basic safety rules as reminders when working with ladders. Be sure they choose the right ladder height for the task, inspect the ladder rungs for defects or moisture, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on extension ladders and maintain 3 foot overlap where sections are joined. Also, be sure the base is out of general job site traffic and keep materials and debris clear. Be sure to place ladders strategically around the job site, if necessary, to avoid having to move ladders long distances.
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