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Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety

No matter what type of business you’re in, there’s no more critical concern than Ladder Safety. This one area of focus can transform your business unlike any other.
  1. Always make sure your ladder is set up properly and in the right place before beginning
  2. Always maintain three points of contact
  3. Keep your center of gravity between the rails at all time.
Countless businesses are fail at one of these three core tenets, numerous enterprises fall short on two of the rules, and there are even some companies who are guilty of violating all three. 
 
Knowing the basic rules of ladder safety in your business is the first step. Implementing strategies, systems, and processes into a Ladder Safety Program that ensures your organization always maintains these three core principles is the ultimate goal. Let’s quickly examine each point further.

 

1. Always make sure your ladder is set up properly and in the right place before beginning.

Your ladder must be secure before you begin climbing it. For A-frame ladders that means the legs are fully extended so that the hinge is in the locked position. For extension ladders, they should be placed at a 75 degree angle such that for every 4 feet of rise there is 1 foot of run. Both ladder types must be placed on solid, level ground to establish a firm foundation for climbing. Depending on their type, ladders should be placed either against or adjacent to the intended surface close enough to allow for observance of rules 2 & 3.

2. Always maintain three points of contact

This is also known as the “three-point-rule” which means that three of your four limbs must be in contact with the ladder at all times in order to maintain stability and balance while using the ladder. This implies that your hands must be free of all tools while climbing and descending the ladder, which requires planning before you begin your ascent and start your work.

3. Keep your center of gravity between the rails at all times

In order to maintain balance while climbing and using a ladder, it’s imperative that your center of gravity remains within the rails at all times. When an individual tries to lean beyond the boundaries of the ladder, the ladder becomes off-balance and could become unstable to the point of shifting, falling, or collapsing.

“That’s great, Devers, but what does this have to do with my business?” 

Let’s take another look at these same three points with that in mind.

1. Always make sure your ladder is set up properly and in the right place before beginning.

Many businesses start because an individual has expertise at a skill and it turns into a business before they even realize it. These people are often referred to as “Accidental Entrepreneurs.” The ladder of their business goes up wherever they happen to be standing and it’s not until years later that they realize it’s on uneven ground, at a poor angle, and not even leaning against a wall they ever intended to climb! But this also happens with businesses that begin life with a complete business plan. They wake up one day and realize they’re running a completely different company than they ever intended. 

2. Always maintain three points of contact

When we try to do too much at once – like trying to climb a ladder while also carrying a saw, lumber, nails, and a hammer – we can become unstable and put our business at unnecessary risk. We can easily take on additional tasks if we know what we want the end result to look like, plan the work ahead of time, and execute that plan with vigilant intention. 

3. Keep your center of gravity between the rails at all times

Accidents occur when we see something that is just out of our reach and lean well beyond the rails in an attempt to grasp it. When all we had to do was take the time to reposition the ladder in order to easily and safely grasp it. It’s the same in business. We sense an opportunity and, without proper planning, over-extend our enterprise (in terms of capital, employees, geography, etc.) in an attempt to grab it. 

Devers Consulting can help your business with a Ladder Safety Program to take your business to new heights of effectiveness, organization, and success. Contact us now to get started