Greetings Sisters and Brothers
Wishing you and your families a safe, healthy and happy Christmas holiday season from my family to your families.
May the Lord’s blessings be with you all year long. With each Christmas come the potential for ladder accidents. Please keep in mind safety comes first and you will enjoy your Christmas free of accidents. I want to share with you some ladder safety tips.
• Inspect your ladder –use only ladders that are in good condition and designed to handle the climbing job.
• Be sure step ladders are fully open and locked before climbing them.
• Place ladder on a flat secure surface.
• Place ladder on a hard surface, as it will sink into a soft surface.
• Place ladders on a non-moveable base.
• Do not place ladder in front of a door.
• Position base of ladder one foot away for every four feet of height to where it rests.
• Ladder rails should extend at least three feet above top landing.
• Check shoes to ensure they are free of grease or mud.
• Mount ladder from the center, not side.
• Face ladder when ascending or descending, and hold on with both hands.
• Carry tool in pockets, in a bag attached to a belt or raised and lowered by rope or apron with pockets.
• Don’t climb higher than the third rung from the top
• Work facing the ladder
• Do not overreach, always keep your torso between the ladder rails.
• When using ladder for high places, securely lash or fasten the ladder to prevent slipping.
• Avoid outdoor ladder use on windy days.
• Avoid aluminum ladders if work must be done around electrical wires or power lines.
Jesus is the reason for the season!
Rebecca Martinez, UAW Health & Safety