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Health Tip: Use a Ladder Safely

(HealthDay News) -- Falling from a ladder can cause serious injury, even death. But nearly all ladder injuries are preventable, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says.

The society suggests:

  • Read the safety instructions that come with your ladder before using it.

  • Follow all warning labels on your ladder.

  • Make sure your ladder is designed for the type of work you are doing.

  • Only use your ladder in ways that the instructions describe.

  • Set up your ladder according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Do not use a ladder that is not working well.

  • Only one person should use the ladder at a time.

  • Keep rungs clean and dry. Grease, water and wet paint can cause you to slip.

  • Do not wear baggy clothing that could get caught.

  • Wear shoes with tread that cover your toes.

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