Painting at height: advice and safety tips
27 January 2017 10:59:00 GMT
Whether you’re repainting your house or just want to touch up a few spots, sometimes painting at height is a necessity. But you need to ensure that you can carry out the work safely and effectively, so here are some top tips and advice for painting at height.
Use a platform or scaffold if at all possible
The truth is that while ladders are commonly used for painting, they are not necessarily always the safest possible equipment. Clearly it is better to have more than one hand free while you paint, but when working on a ladder you need to have three points of contact with that ladder at all times. There it’s a better idea to have some sort of scaffolding or platform available.
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Use the right ladder for the job
If you are going to use the ladder, it’s absolutely vital that you use the correct type. One of the most common problems with painting is that the painter will attempt to use any ladder they have available. Unfortunately many will use any ladder they have available, regardless of whether it is fit for purpose. Make sure that the ladder you choose allows you to reach high enough to complete the task.
Stand in a comfortable position
Ensure that you are comfortable when you stand on the ladder. If you are uncomfortable you can end up putting yourself in a dangerous position. Also you should never stand any higher than the fourth rung from the top. Trying to do so in order to get higher can put you at serious risk as not only do you have less ability to support yourself but you are also putting the ladder in danger of slipping. Just as above – use a ladder of the correct height instead.
Three points of contact
It is basic ladder safety that you must maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times. This might seem tedious to only be able to use one hand at a time, but this really is the best way to ensure that you do not slip.
Utilise the correct tools
There are many different options when it comes to painting on a ladder and it’s vital that you use the correct tools. While you may need to use a paintbrush for some of the work, you can save yourself a lot of time by using a roller or even a paint sprayer.