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Ladder Safety For Roofing

Any time climbing a ladder is involved, it is a dangerous event. When working on a roof, it is even more dangerous. Being suspended off the ground with your mind elsewhere can turn ugly in a moment. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to help minimize the chance of having an accident.

If you are standing on a stepladder, do not move outside of the sides of the ladder. Keep your body centered in between them or the ladder could fall over. It would also make it easier for you to fall off the ladder if you are not centered.

Always place your ladder on even ground. A slightly off-balance ladder can shift very quickly, causing you to lose your balance and fall off.

Follow the rules. Only climb up the front side of the ladder and never stand on the top of the ladder. It may be tempting to break the rules to get extra reach, but it can result in serious injury.

Do not perch your ladder on icy or wet ground. The ladder can easily slide out from underneath you, causing you to crash to the ground.

Wear a tool belt so both of your hands are free while you are climbing.

Finally, make sure your ladder extends at least three feet above the surface of the roof. This will allow to grab ahold of something when you are stepping off the ladder to access your roof.

If you have any further questions about ladder safety, feel free to give us a call at (918) 558-ROOF (7663).