Ladder safety is often shrugged off as a common-sense topic, and yet the statistics of ladder-related injuries show that it is not a topic to take lightly.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that every year over 90,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries. OSHA believes that 100% of ladder accidents could be prevented if proper attention was given to equipment and climber training was provided. Unfortunately, ladder safety products, such as our Ladder-Max standoff stabilizer, ladder levelers, and project and tool tray, are a second thought instead of a priority.
So, how do we avoid the accidents? Let's go back to the common sense of ladder safety. Here are the top two things to remember when you bring that ladder out of the garage:
1) Select the Right Ladder
Check the weight capacity of the ladder and consider the necessary height needed for the job. If the ladder is too short to reach or you have to stand on the very last rung, get a longer ladder. Don't try to Macgyver a solution.
2) Select the Right Tools
The Ladder-Max standoff stabilizer is the perfect sidekick for every ladder situation. It stabilizes the ladder, while providing 19" of standoff from gutters, roofing or walls. It establishes 4 points of contact through two heavy-duty, non-marring tips. Not only do these help protect you from side-slip, but they also protect the surface they are resting on. By utilizing the Ladder-Max as a helpful tool, you can reach easily, eliminate slipping, and avoid damage to your house, gutters, and walls.
Next time you have a project that requires a ladder, remember that it also requires some ladder common-sense. Use the right ladder and equip the right tools. Make your ladder safer.