the painted surface
Almost every project will include using a ladder, so let us remind you that safety should be a priority. Some things to consider to safely use a ladder are:
- Is the ladder rated for the task and weight of the user?
- Can the ladder be placed on a sure footing?
- How do I maintain my balance?
Ladders are rated according to industry standards for their intended use and the weight they are expected to safely support. These ratings should be clearly marked on any ladder in use. Never use a ladder in a situation that it was not built to handle. Usually you will find it helpful, safer and more comfortable using a ladder that exceeds your minimum requirements. This picture charts the ratings found on ladders, both step and extension types.
TIP !!! Never use a damaged ladder or one with broken or missing parts. No matter what rating it has, a damaged ladder is not a safe ladder.
When using any ladder make sure to place it on a stable surface. Avoid placing it on wet, slick or uneven places. Both step-ladders and extension ladders can slip resulting in a fall. If one must be placed on an uneven surface use leg-levelers or supports manufactured for the purpose of leveling a ladder. A brick, stone or a stack of books may be handy, but they certainly are not safe.
TIP !!! It is good idea to use the buddy system when climbing an extension ladder. One person goes up the ladder while the buddy stays on the ground standing at the base of the ladder holding it in place preventing it from sliding back. If working on a slippery surface such as hardwood floors a non skid pad placed under the ladder can help prevent slippage, but the buddy should stay behind the ladder for greater safety.
Using the right kind of ladder on a sure footing will help you maintain your balance, but also keep in mind, "A three point grip prevents a slip." How does this apply? The three grips are your two feet and one hand, leaving one hand to perform the work. It is important to remember to keep both feet firmly on a step or rung and one hand gripping the ladder. Some safe ladder techniques are:
- Keep your weight between the sides of the ladder, over the rungs or steps.
- Avoid reaching beyond either side more than an arm's length.
- Use a pot hook to hold the work pot or paint bucket.
- Never stand on the top or upper rungs.
To view a brochure prepared by the Oregon-OSHA Office detailing more information about ladders and their uses, download the PDF document here: OR-OSHA Portable Ladders
More details about specific painting subjects are covered in the additional articles. In those will be found details, tips and techniques gathered from over 20 years of painting experience. Here is a list of links to the articles:
More helpful painting tips, techniques and how-to articles can be found by following these links.
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