You like the holidays so much that your desk is the first one at worked
decked out in decorations. Or maybe you're the only one agile enough
to negotiate the office ladder. Whatever the case, you're in charge
of putting up the lights, garlands, and ornaments again this year. As
always, you'll need to use the office ladders to reach the higher
locations. So follow these tips to avoid
Check The Stability
Before you climb the ladder, set it up and check its footings and rungs
for stability. This is especially important if you only take it out once
or twice a year. Climb the first couple of rungs to test that it can take
your body weight and then continue upward. If you have any doubt that
the ladder can hold you, ask your boss to spring for a new one.
Do It Sooner
Don't wait until the last two weeks of the holiday season to put up
outdoor decorations. You may have to contend with snow and ice then, which
increases the chance of injury. Follow the leads of retailers and set
up the decorations as soon as possible and when the weather is still good.
Wear shoes with good traction. If possible, have someone else there that
can steady the ladder and hand you the decorations.
f you're working anywhere near power lines, use a ladder made of wood
or any other material that does not conduct electricity. If you have a
metal ladder and it so much as touches an electrical cable, you may get
a nasty shock that could prove fatal. Be extra careful when moving ladders.
Always look up to see what obstructions the top could possibly hit.
Even after following these and other safety precautions, you may still
get hurt putting up holiday decorations. Please
contact us immediately to see if you're entitled to compensation.