Steps safety starts at home. The habits of the family are generally passed onto they. One of those habits is the use and often incorrect use of a Step Steps.
A good Step Steps can be dangerous if common sense is not used. There are 160, 000 reported injuries each year from ladders, many of these would be due to lack of precautions and safety. Unfortunately many injuries result in the user being seriously injured even becoming a paraplegic or quadriplegic.
Personal Experiences with Ladders:
Step Steps: The next door neighbour was painting his front deck hallway Folding Step Stool using a 6 foot aluminum step steps. He previously a drop published under the steps to protect a floor tiles. The steps slipped, he was thrown off and injured his spinal cord and became a paraplegic. After many operations he lived his life in a wheelchair and passed on a long time later.
His fall was only a few feet, but his life and his families lives were changed forever from a simple accident.
File format Steps: This time it was a happy outcome. I had a roof plumber repairing the roof. His file format steps was propped with house, he went for his morning tea break. My three year old son decided to be one of the guys. The tradesman came back from his tea break, looked up and saw the three year old walking along the ridge capping. The tradesman very calmly called me, aimed to the roof. We treated it like a game, the tradesman climbed onto the roof, I calmly talked my son over him, who scooped him up, carried him down to safety. The tradesman and I looked at each other, swore, let a sigh of relief out and thanked God for keeping my son safe.
Ladders are an essential piece of equipment for some many places and so many uses like:
at home – changing lights, cleaning gutters, painting
the trades person – from electricians to carpenters to painters
the facility – for stacking goods, general maintenance
industrial and building sites – for trades people… the list is actually endless.
The concern with using ladders is the potential to fall.
Steps Safety Tips – NEVER:
1) stand in the top step – the stress on the steps can make it wobble
2) over reach – a good tip is always keep your belt buckle within the rails of the steps
3) attempt to move the steps whilst standing on it – this method is called “walking
4) place steps under electrical cables – especially aluminum step ladders, metal is a conductor of electricity, so is the human body. Use a wooden or fiberglass steps.
5) place on un-stable, un-level, wet or slippery surfaces, this is a disaster waiting to happen, just as my friend’s unfortunate experience shared above
6) use when injured, tired or consuming substances including medication
7) leave any steps unattended – as my example above, children love to climb.
Steps Safety Tips – ALWAYS:
1) fully open the steps – don’t prop it against a wall and climb it, a step steps is not designed for this specific purpose
2) secure the braces – Hint: the braces are there for a reason
3) climb to the first step, stop and ensure the steps is stable by giving it a gentle wobble
4) always retain hold onto the steps with at least one hand and wear good robust shoes
5) remove tools in the top of the steps, especially screwdrivers, chisels, hammers, knives even paint. It is that easy to forget there are items in the top of steps, if the steps is moved, something hard, sharp or wet could be coming down on top of you or your surroundings at once
6) make sure the steps can take your weight plus any additional items like tools
7) work with someone else around, in case there is an accident immediate help is nearby