How Safe Is Your Ladder?
Most people don't give much thought to the safety of the ladder in their garage. A ladder is a simple tool with simple functions, and thus, it must be safe to use? Right? Not necessarily. The reality is that a single faulty component is all it takes to cause a catastrophic accident. And, they do happen. Just a few years ago, 78,000 Werner ladders were recalled due to design defects that could cause the ladder to collapse while in use. For this reason, it is vital to inspect your ladder before each use and act quickly on any recalls related to product safety.
Inspecting Your Ladder
Always check the following components and functions before raising and stepping foot on your ladder. If you answer "yes" to any of these, don't use the ladder until it's repaired:
- Look at the feet. Are the feet damaged or worn?
- Inspect each stile. Are they dented, buckled, or missing?
- Check each rung. Are they worn, bent, or loose?
- Look at the tie rods. Are they missing or damaged?
- Inspect the welds/rivets/screws. Are they loose, cracked, or missing?
- Test the locking mechanism. Is it loose or failing to lock?
- Touch the treads on the stiles. Are they slippery?
Finally, read the warning labels and confirm that your intended use falls within the design specifications indicated. And, always make sure to place the ladder on a firm, dry, and level surface before you head up to go to work.
Stay on Top of Recalls
There are a plethora of products in your home. It is understandably difficult to stay on top of which are safe to use, and which are under recall. But, it is not impossible, and you can sign up for CPSC's recall alerts. If you don't have the time to read through the newsletters, a more accessible option is to register your product with the manufacturer. Then, if a recall is issued, the manufacturer can send you an email with details about the problem and the steps you should take to resolve the issue. But, remember that if you don't comply with a recall and an accident does occur, then the manufacturer may be absolved of liability for your injuries.
We help clients who suffer injuries caused by companies that don't adhere to established product safety standards. We encourage you to contact Welmaker Injury Law at (726) 666-6666 to discuss your legal options.