This spring, Americans are taking on DIY projects they have delayed all winter. For many, these include roof repairs, gutter cleaning, or trimming trees. Since many projects require homeowners to climb ladders, attorney Dick Freeburn of Freeburn Hamilton visited ABC 27’s Good Day PA to discuss ladder safety with host Amanda Peterson. A video clip of the segment appears below:
In the U.S., accidental falls are the third-leading cause of injury-related death. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) tells us 36,338 people lost their lives in accidental falls at home or on the job during 2017. At Freeburn Hamilton, our attorneys have seen firsthand the devastating effects a fall can bring. With this in mind, Dick Freeburn offered safety tips to help avoid serious injuries.
Is Your Ladder Safe?
The American Ladder Institute reminds users the first step before using a ladder is to make certain the ladder is safe. To do so:
- Confirm Your Ladder is the Right Size: The Duty Rating of the ladder must exceed the total weight of the user, all their tools, and any supplies carried.
- Confirm Your Ladder is the Right Height: The length of the ladder must allow a user to reach their work without standing on the highest rung or top step.
- Confirm Your Ladder is Complete: Do not use a ladder that exhibits any sign of loose joints, missing components, or failed parts under any circumstances.
Is Your Ladder on a Solid Surface?
Once you’re sure your ladder is safe; find a firm, solid foundation on which to place it. Choose a flat, secure surface that will not give, shift, or flex. Make sure the ladder sits level in its final position.
Is Your Grip Secure?
Make sure you are prepared to climb—wear slip-resistant shoes and a tool belt that allows you to keep both hands free while ascending or descending. Be sure to maintain three points of contact with your hands and feet while climbing.
Is Your Position Correct?
While climbing, make you are not distracted and that you are always facing the ladder. Shifting your weight or changing your position can cause you to become unbalanced and may lead to a dangerous fall.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall through no fault of your own, call the experienced Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys at Freeburn Hamilton for your free consultation.
When you call, you’ll speak with a leading Harrisburg personal injury lawyer for FREE. Freeburn Hamilton will fight hard to seek the justice and the compensation you deserve after an injury. Just call the 7’s for help at 717-777-7777 or 570-777-7777. There is no attorney’s fee due up front—and we only get paid after you do.