Taking it to new heights
This window washer is making the most of a ladder that’s too short. But if his luck runs out, he’ll pay a hefty price for ignoring basic ladder safety rules. Two rules are being broken here. Can you guess what they are? Go to the next page to find out the right (safe) way to do it.
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The right way:
First, work with three points of contact with the ladder at all times: two feet and a hand or two hands and a foot. And second, never work from the top three rungs of an extension ladder. The painter shown below is maintaining three points of contact and is standing on the fourth and fifth rungs down. The wide ladder standoff provides extra stability and the support to safely reach the top of the window.