to carry 250 lbs., so it can stand up to the toughest fall cleaning jobs. This fiberglass compact stepladder is built with double standing plat- forms, and its slim profile is perfect for those tight spaces. The light- weight fiberglass construction makes it easy to carry and store. It is a 5-1/2-ft. tall ladder allowing the user to reach 9 to 10 feet from the ground. Visit www.wernerco.com.
BE SAFE UP THERE
Missing the last step and over- reaching were the two most cited issues as the cause for ladder acci- dents, according to a study completed by the American Ladder Institute (ALI) in 2016. Close behind were failure to use three points of contact and using the wrong ladder for the job. Side-tips from ladders cause some of the most catastrophic injuries, and working on uneven ground can lead to these acci- dents. In fact, the U.S. leads the world in ladder deaths with close to one lad- der fatality per day. Everyday use of heavy, bulky ladders leads to some of the most common injuries, strains and sprains, so never take safety for granted. These common causes of ladder accidents can be easily avoided by taking precautionary actions prior to using a ladder. Always select the right type and size of ladder. Set up the ladder correctly. Inspect the ladder for damage and wear. Climb the lad- der correctly, maintaining three points of contact (i.e., two feet and one hand; two hands and one foot). Keep in mind that the ladder’s rated load capacity refers not only to your personal weight but also the accumu- lated weight of whatever equipment you are carrying. The safest angle for a ladder is 75.5 degrees; if it is too shallow, the bottom of the ladder is at risk of sliding, and if it is too steep, the ladder may fall backwards. And always be cautious around electrical supply lines.