Performing Charlotte roofing services without practicing essential ladder safety can result in serious personal injury. Simple common sense precautions may prevent you and your family from having to endure the pain, frustrations and financial difficulties that can follow a fall-related disaster.
These Charlotte roofing tips are designed to make it safer and easier for you to work on your gutters, roof, siding and other home exterior projects. Failing to follow basic climbing safety procedures can also cause property damage. You don’t want to bend your gutters or scratch your cedar siding or watch a ladder crash through the kitchen window. When handling DIY Charlotte roofing services proper ladder safety helps you protect yourself and avoid beating up your home.
Charlotte Roofing Services Tips – Working With Ladders Safely
In April 2013, WCNC news reported an incident that expresses the dangers of error in ladder safety (1). It happened at Charlotte Douglas. The employee of an airport tenant fell from a ladder that was extended to the rooftop of the main terminal building. Enduring potentially life-threatening injuries during the fall, the victim ended up stranded on the roof. Help arrived in the form of the Charlotte Fire Department. The employee was eventually transported to CMC Main.
Charlotte roofing services can be dangerous. Working safely with ladders is critical to employees, DIY homeowners and the owners of Charlotte Roofing Contractor companies.
The United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides the following recommended ladder safety do list (2):
- Never climb or descend without facing the ladder
- Practice the 3-point contact rule: 1) Both hands and a foot or 2) Both feet and a hand
- Remain between the ladder’s side rails
- Wipe away slippery substances or materials before placing the ladder for the climb
- When possible, extend the ladder three-foot above the landing
- Use caution when exiting the ladder at the top or the bottom
- Avoid leaning sideways or stepping from too high so that you miss a rung.
- Never climb or descend with objects in your hands.
OSHA reports also include a ladder safety DO NOT list. Do not:
- Misuse an extension ladder. They are not horizontal platforms, temporary staircases or bridges.
- Allow anyone to move of shift an occupied ladder.
- Join two ladders together in any manner, including welding
- Overload a ladder
- Stand the ladder on any unstable surface, including barrels, soft ground or makeshift stands.
Other Charlotte Roofing Services Ladder Safety Tips
Although typically used for indoor Charlotte painting, no discussion of ladder-related safety issues would be complete without addressing stepladders. Portable, self-supporting ladders are typically designed as an A-frame with equal length legs. However, the modern handy-dandy adjustable stepladder may take on some peculiar shapes. This also increases the danger of falls.
When using a stepladder for your Charlotte roofing services, make certain that you do not exceed the ladder’s manufacturer-stated weight limit. Additionally, you should not:
- Use a damaged stepladder
- Stand on the top cap or the top step of the ladder
- Place a metal stepladder near electrical wiring or electrical equipment
- Extend your reach or your body beyond the ladder side rails
- Unlock the ladder spreaders
- Stand the ladder on unstable ground
- Ignore the 3-point contact rule during climbing or descending
- Use the stepladder for any purpose other than that recommended by the manufacturer.
Ladder Safety, Charlotte Roofing Tips By Zimmerman Enterprises Charlotte Kanga Roof
This safety with ladders article is offered as a component of the Zimmerman Charlotte roofing tips project. We want Charlotte homeowners to know what to expect when dealing with roofing repair, roof replacement or roof installation. We want your business enough to share our experience on a no obligation basis.
Here are a few closing tips for working safely with a ladder:
- Always use a spotter to hold the ladder stable at the base
- If the ground is not suitable for level mounting, use wood blocks and stakes to ensure stabilization
- When you must lean the ladder against your gutters, prevent damage by straddling the runners over spikes and hangers
- Always tie off the ladder at the top
- Never step on a rung that is higher than the fulcrum rest of the ladder.