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You may know how to use a step ladder safely, but do you know how to carry a step ladder? In this blog, we'll explain how to carry a step ladder the right way so you can carry out your project with ease.


Always Carry Your Step Ladder in the Closed Position

Make sure to always carry your step ladder in the closed position. If you carry your step ladder in the open position, it can be very tricky to manoeuvre and you may end up doing more harm than good. For example, you could get your hand or fingers trapped if the ladder legs suddenly close shut which could result in a nasty injury. 

If you'd like some extra security while carrying your step ladder, simply use some rope or wire to tie the two sections together to prevent injuries.


Balance the Load Using the Side Rail

Ladders can be quite long and heavy, so it's important that you have good balance when carrying a step ladder. To do this, grip the middle section of the side rail for an even distribution of weight. This way, you'll be able to maintain your own balance and the step ladder's, too.


Carry the Step Ladder Parallel to the Ground 

It's easier to carry a step ladder parallel to the ground, as this will not obstruct your view or walking path. If you carry a step ladder vertically, you may end up running into unexpected obstructions which could lead to huge injury risks!


Lift with Your Legs, Not Your Back

Improper lifting technique can lead to intense muscle aches and pain. This poor technique can also cause serious long-term effects, especially if you use and carry a step ladder frequently.

Here's how to lift with your legs and not your back when carrying a step ladder:

1. Plan Ahead

2. Bend Your Knees and Keep Your Back Straight

3. Keep Your Eyes Up

4. If You're Straining, Get Help!


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