The most common accidents at work while cleaning your gutters are falls from height. Common causes of falling from height while gutter cleaning include ladders:
- Slipping after being placed on uneven or slippery ground
- Slipping after being positioned insecurely against a gutter, wall or roof
- Being too short, making it necessary to lean too far to the side
- Being old and in poor repair
A fall from height may also be the result of dizziness or vertigo.
Other causes of accidents when cleaning your gutters
Wearing loose fitting clothing that can become entangled in a ladder can also result in injuries by falling, as can wearing inappropriate footwear. To prevent work accidents while cleaning your gutters, it is therefore recommended to wear non-slip, hard-sole shoes and clothing that cannot become entangled. The clothing you wear should also be appropriate for prevailing temperatures, as getting freezing cold or too hot can also cause gutter cleaning accidents.
Carrying cleaning tools while trying to get up a ladder can also cause you to lose your grip, heightening your risk of sustaining an injury by falling. Prevent this kind of working accident by carrying your tools in a bag or bucket and taking care not to get these carrying aids tangled in the ladder.
Additional dangers include:
- Placing ladders too close to overhead power lines; a minimum distance of 10 feet should be kept at all times. This can also lead to injuries by electrocution and subsequent falls.
- Dropping tools or buckets while cleaning your gutters can also result in injuries to people passing by below you. Setting up or disassembling a ladder without safety gloves could also result in pinch point injuries.
Professional gutter cleaners
If you are a professional gutter cleaner, your employer is required by law to prevent you having an accident at work by:
- Training you in safe working procedures
- Providing you with well-maintained, safe ladders and tools
- Providing you with adequate personal protective equipment, such as safety gloves, appropriate work boots or shoes
Ideally, you should also not be sent out on gutter cleaning jobs on your own, as a second person to assist and hold a ladder steady can help to prevent injuries at work.
If you were injured in a gutter cleaning accident and your employer or another person was responsible for your injury, Accident Advice Helpline lawyers can help you get the work injury compensation due to you.
Contact us by mobile on 0333 500 0993, or by landline telephone on 0800 689 0500, today to get your claim for compensation on the way.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice