Are you the type of homeowner that has no problem with climbing up to your roof or a tree in order to fix or adjust something? For those who do, more power to you — but remember to always have a spotter when climbing a ladder. Failing to do so will drastically increase your chances of falling, and the stats behind these falls are not pretty.
Facts & Stats About Falls
- In the last decade, 43 percent of fatal falls involved a ladder (according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report).
- Roughly 20 percent of injuries resulting from falling, involve ladders.
- Over 80 percent of construction workers treated for fall injuries, involve ladders.
- Ladder fall injury rates increase with age.
- Self-employed workers have higher fatality rates, compared to those employed by a larger company.
- The construction industry has the highest ladder fall injury rate.
- Half of those who died as a result of falling from a ladder had serious head injuries.
Climbing With a Spotter
After reading just a few of the many stats regarding falls (as a result of ladders), there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that you should always have a spotter holding the ladder. Not only can this person secure the ladder while you’re climbing, they can act as a second set of eyes to help you navigate while you’re in the air. Teamwork doesn’t just make the dream work, it helps keep you healthy and alive!
Climbing a ladder without a spotter might be one of the most unsafe decisions you can make as a homeowner. When you need a professional to make those dangerous roof repairs, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.