Avoid Holiday Hazards: Step Up Your Ladder Game

Boxes, buckets, and benches are a few of our least favorite things.

Whether you’re hanging lights, topping the tree, or adorning that 10-foot-tall snow person, this time of year is full of long reaches and tall surfaces. But now is not the time to get creative in how you reach new heights.

“It’s easy in the holiday hustle to want to use whatever is around to reach something up high,” said Leigh Manning, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. “But avoiding an injury is worth taking the time to grab that ladder from the garage.”

That’s the message of a new video SAIF released recently, urging Oregonians to use ladders over other, less safe options.

“We see slips and falls regularly caused by using the wrong climbing surface, and those injuries are pretty easy to avoid,” said Manning.

It’s important to secure the ladder’s feet on a firm, level surface, and avoid stepping on the top step or platform of a self-supporting ladder. And work with a buddy—elf or otherwise.

But ladders aren’t the only hazards this time of year. Manning offered these seasonal tips for staying healthy and safe when you are over-scheduling, over-indulging, or over-the-top decorating.

  • Be merry and eat healthy. Offer nutritious options such as veggie dips and fruit platters at office potlucks and holiday parties. Eat a light, protein-packed snack beforehand, so you don’t arrive starving. Use small plates, so you’re not tempted to overindulge. For more ways to eat well at work, visit saif.com/nutrition.
  • Let it snow and let stress go. Increased workloads, financial worries, and other distractions can raise your risk of getting hurt or sick. A brisk walk in the fresh air, a stretching break at your desk, or a few calming breaths can help clear your mind and boost your body’s defenses. Take a 60-second relaxation break at saif.com/relax.
  • Ready to spot more holiday hazards? Watch these 360-degree videos and see how many you can identify at work and at home.

“We hope everyone has a happy holiday season, and that starts with staying safe and healthy,” said Manning.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we’ve been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

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