From firefighters to roofers to construction workers, landscapers, and more - many contractors use ladders as part of their daily routine. But how much do you actually know about ladders? Below, we share some interesting and fun information.
Fun Facts About Ladders
#1 - Ladders have been around for a while.
The first ladder was depicted in a painting in Spain, dating back at least 10,000 years.
#2 - There are tons of different styles.
Ladders are available in many forms ranging from: attic ladders, orchard ladders, and roof ladders to sectional ladders, cat ladders, Christmas tree ladders, and more!
#3 - Ladder accidents are more common than you think.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, at least 50 percent of ladder-related accidents were due to individuals carrying items while they climbed. Additionally, each year, more than 900,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries!
#4 - There are 4 main types of ladder injuries.
These include injuries related to: selecting the wrong type of ladder, using worn/damaged ladders, using ladders incorrectly, and placing ladders incorrectly. [source]
#5 - Ladders have made it into the Guinness World Records.
The world's longest ladder is made of wood and measures 135 feet long. It has 120 rungs and was designed by the Handwerks Museum in Austria in 2005. [source]
General Safety Tips When Using Ladders
#1 - Select the length carefully.
Depending on the type of work you are doing, you don't want a ladder that is too short or too long because it can cause you to fall or lose your balance.
#2 - Select the type of ladder carefully.
For example, if you are doing roofing work, you may need an extended ladder. However, for other types of work, a straight ladder will be better. You'll also want to pay close attention to what material(s) the ladder is made out of. You may like it that one ladder is lighter and easier to carry, but it may not be safe to use for heavy duty work. If you are unsure, always consult an expert.
#3 - Know the carrying capacity of the ladder.
The total weight of a ladder is significantly greater when you're climbing it (especially with equipment/tools/clothing). Therefore, when selecting your ladder, look for one whose maximum carrying capacity matches what you'll need.