Scale Safety Tips for a Step Scale

Scale safety starts at home. The habits of the family are generally passed onto your children. One of those habits is the use and often neglect of a Step Scale.

Even a Step Scale 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 Scale: The next door next-doors was painting his front hall ceiling using a 6 foot aluminum step scale. He had a drop bed sheet under the scale to protect the floor tiles. The scale fallen, he fell and injured his spine and became a paraplegic. After many operations he lived his life in a wheelchair and passed away a few years later.

His fall was only a few feet, but his life and his families lives were changed forever from a simple accident.

Ext Scale: This time it was a happy outcome. I had a roof plumber repairing the roof. His ext scale was propped 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 form capping. The tradesman very calmly called me, sharpened to the roof. We treated it like a game, the tradesman climbed onto the roof, I calmly talked Extension Ladders 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 warehouse — for stacking goods, general maintenance

industrial and building sites — for trades people… the list is sort of endless.

The anxiety about using ladders is the potential to fall.

Scale Safety Tips — NEVER:

1) stand with top step — the tension on the scale makes it wobble
2) over reach — a good tip is always keep your belt buckle within the rails of the scale
3) attempt to move the scale whilst standing on it — this method is called “walking
4) place scale under electrical cables — especially aluminum step ladders, metal is a conductor of electricity, so is the human body. Use a wooden or fiberglass scale.
5) place on un-stable, un-level, wet or elusive surfaces, this is a disaster waiting to occur, just as my pal’s unfortunate experience shared above
6) use when injured, tired or under the influence of substances including medication
7) leave any scale unattended — as my example above, children adore to climb.

Scale Safety Tips — ALWAYS:

1) fully open the scale — don’t prop it against a wall and climb it, a step scale 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 scale is stable giving it a gentle wobble
4) always retain hold onto the scale with at least one hand and wear good robust shoes
5) remove tools with top of the scale, especially screwdrivers, chisels, hammers, chef knives even paint. It is so easy to forget there are items with top of scale, if the scale is moved, something hard, sharp or wet could be coming down on top of you or your surroundings very soon
6) make sure the scale can take your unwanted weight plus any additional items like tools
7) work with someone else around, in case there is an accident immediate help is nearby

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