Contrary to belief, working within and around elevators can actually be quite a dangerous career choice. After all, a lot of the work includes using a ladder and the majority of people know how hazardous a potential fall from one may be. In fact, the threat of falling whilst mounting, dismounting and climbing a ladder is unnaturally high and around 25% of falls from a ladder see people suffer more critical injuries than any other variety of fall. In this blog, we’re going to place our focus on the industry we belong to and go over some of the vital ladder safety rules when working with a ladder in an elevator pit or a machine room…
How to Avoid Falls
There are actually specific ladders to use within the elevator industry that allow the work to be carried out much easier. Regardless of whether an elevator pit ladder or an extension ladder is in operation, the three point rule should always be employed to limit the risk of a slip or fall. This is simply the idea of having at least three body parts in contact with the ladder at all times. For example, two hands and one foot or both feet and one hand. It allows a person to be completely stable and have control over the ladder rather than it having the upper hand.
Things You Should Do
There are certain things that everyone should do before they use a ladder regardless of which industry they work in, such as:
- Inspect the ladder before use
- Ensure the legs are placed on a stable surface and the ladder is not rocking
- Always face the ladder when mounting and dismounting
- Climb a ladder using sensible shoes that provide support and grip.
Luckily for our clients, the danger of elevators ends with us as we work extremely hard to ensure that all of our products are in full working order and are safe for use before we leave an installation. For more information, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!