How to Avoid Overreaching While on a Ladder

Overreaching happens. Although we wish it weren’t so, we understand that the natural tendency is to reach a little further to get to your work. To be honest, most people prefer to overachieve rather than get off the ladder and move to a new position. While it may be common on the job site or at home, it is a dangerous habit.

When working on a ladder, your body serves as the ladder’s centre of gravity. The centre of gravity is optimal when you keep your body centred between the side rails of the ladder. Unfortunately, even a slight overreach can cause the ladder to tip. A situation like that increases your chances of falling from the ladder, especially if you’re using an extension ladder. You must avoid overreaching because this can cause you and your ladder to fall.

here’s a brief reminder of some safety tips you can use to avoid overreaching while on a ladder:

  • Always maintain three points of contact with the ladder
  • Always keep your body centered between the side rails of the ladder
  • Take time to climb down and reposition the ladder if necessary

What If My Ladder Is Too Short?

If you find yourself overreaching because your ladder is too short for the task at hand, buy a new one or seek the help of a professional. It may seem like an inconvenience, but trust us, it’s not worth risking your life over.

Here at Step by Step, we offer a wide range of ladders of different heights that will allow you to complete almost any job safely. Contact us today for more information or WhatsApp now to get the catalogue.