Ladders – The Most Dangerous Tool You Own

A video on Facebook reminded me today of the most dangerous tool most of us have in our homes – and one so common it’s often overlooked completely – ladders.

According to OSHA, the most common tool-related accidents involve ladders, accounting for more than 38% of all construction accidents.  Each year, more than 164,000 emergency room visits are from ladder-related injuries and more than 300 deaths happen in America because of improper ladder use.  Finally, most ladder-related deaths happen under 10 feet – If you’re 6 feet tall and simply use the third rung of a step ladder your head is 9 feet above ground.

Here’s a funny/not funny video of people – even professionals – doing dumb things with ladders:

Ladders are a necessity on a job-site and, properly used, indispensable at home.  If you’re using any ladder for the first time, make sure to read the instructions and warnings before using it.  Here’s a great video showing the proper way to use both step ladders and extension ladders.

Finally, if you find you don’t have the proper equipment, the proper know-how or are uncomfortable with doing it, call a professional to do the project for you.

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