Letters to the editor

Learning safe ladder use

I’d like to address anyone who does work on a ladder, either at home or at work. Please take a moment to read this message. Did you know that in the U.S. roughly 160,000 injuries and 300 deaths occur each year due to improper use of ladders? Did you know you can receive FREE online ladder safety training? The American Ladder Institute hosts a website that offers instructive videos and written material on choosing the correct type of ladder for your job, how to correctly set up your ladder, and the proper use and storage of your ladder. This knowledge could possibly save you from injury or even death from a fall or other ladder-related accident.

How many of us know of someone who was injured falling off of his or her ladder? That’s what prompted me to search for safety training, and I found out that I was in danger by improperly using my own 28′ ladder. Go to www.laddersafetytraining.org for more information.

The American Ladder Institute is a not-for-profit association founded in 1947, whose mission is to promote ladder safety. Two of my ladder companies, Werner and Louisville, are members of this association. I registered for free, took the course last year and am reviewing it again this year. To this day I haven’t received any junk mail and have not had to pay a dime.

A little time spent learning proper safety procedures might, in the end, save a lot of time recouping from an accident. Please be safe up there!

Cheryl Van Epps
Essex