Spectrum safety starts at home. The habits of the family are generally passed onto the youngsters. One of those habits is the use and often punishment of a Step Spectrum.
Even a Step Spectrum can be dangerous if common sense is not used. There are 160, 000 reported injuries each year from ladders, many of these would be due to lack of precautions and safety. Unfortunately many injuries result in the user being seriously injured even becoming a paraplegic or quadriplegic.
Personal Experiences with Ladders:
Step Spectrum: The next door neighboring was painting his front tent hall using a 6 foot aluminum step spectrum. He had a drop page under the spectrum to protect the floor tiles. The spectrum tucked, he fell into and injured his vertebrae and became a paraplegic. After many operations he lived his life in a wheelchair and passed away lots of years later.
His fall was only a few feet, but his life and his families lives were changed forever from a simple accident.
Proxy Spectrum: This time it was a happy outcome. I had a roof plumber repairing triple extension ladders the roof. His proxy spectrum was propped up against the house, he went for his morning tea break. My three year old son decided to be one of the guys. The tradesman came back from his tea break, looked up and saw the three year old walking along the shape capping. The tradesman very calmly called me, specific to the roof. We treated it like a game, the tradesman climbed onto the roof, I calmly talked my son over him, who scooped him up, carried him down to safety. The tradesman and I looked at each other, swore, let a sigh of relief out and thanked God for keeping my son safe.
Ladders are an essential piece of equipment for some many places and so many uses like:
at home : changing light bulbs, cleaning gutters, painting
the trades person : from electricians to carpenters to painters
the manufacturing facility : for stacking goods, general maintenance
industrial and building sites : for trades people… the list is practically endless.
The nervous about using ladders is the potential to fall.
Spectrum Safety Tips : NEVER:
1) stand at the top step : the worries on the spectrum causes it to be wobble
2) over reach : a good tip is always keep your belt buckle within the rails of the spectrum
3) attempt to move the spectrum whilst standing on it : this method is called “walking
4) place spectrum under electrical cables : especially aluminum step ladders, metal is a conductor of electricity, so is the human body. Use a wooden or fiberglass spectrum.
5) place on un-stable, un-level, wet or smooth surfaces, this is a disaster waiting to take place, just as my buddy’s unfortunate experience shared above
6) use when injured, tired or under the influence of substances including medication
7) leave any spectrum unattended : as my example above, children want to climb.
Spectrum Safety Tips : ALWAYS:
1) fully open the spectrum : don’t prop it against a wall and climb it, a step spectrum is not designed for this purpose
2) secure the braces : Hint: the braces are there for a reason
3) climb to the first step, stop and ensure the spectrum is stable by providing it a gentle wobble
4) always retain hold onto the spectrum with at least one hand and wear good robust shoes
5) remove tools at the top of the spectrum, especially screwdrivers, chisels, hammers, blades even paint. It is so simple to forget there are items at the top of spectrum, if the spectrum is moved, something hard, sharp or wet could be coming down on top of you or your surroundings fastly
6) make sure the spectrum can take excess fat plus any additional items like tools
7) work with someone else around, in case there is an accident immediate help is nearby