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March is National Ladder Safety Month


As members of the Power Washers of North America (PWNA), attaining certification and training in the specialized area of pressure washing endows you with a distinct competitive edge. In today's digital age, discerning consumers extensively research via the internet and other resources to identify contractors who are not only reputable but also possess advanced training, thereby ensuring the protection of their property and the efficient use of their time. To this end, the PWNA provides a comprehensive suite of educational offerings, including both traditional in-person classes and online courses, exclusively for our members.

🔹 The Critical Importance of Ladder Safety Training:

  • Accident and Injury Prevention: Rigorous training markedly diminishes the likelihood of falls, a predominant cause of work-related injuries and fatalities. Mastery in the proper selection, inspection, and utilization of ladders is instrumental in safeguarding lives.

  • Professionalism Enhancement: Proficiency in ladder safety underscores a professional demeanor and a dedication to the highest standards of practice, thereby elevating the caliber of safety and quality across all operations.

  • Operational Efficiency: A thorough understanding of safe ladder use not only minimizes the potential for accidents but also bolsters work practices, ensuring project completion is both timely and budget-compliant.

🔹 Essential Elements of Ladder Safety Training:

  • Ladder Selection: It is imperative to choose a ladder that is apt for the task at hand, taking into consideration its type, length, and duty rating.

  • Pre-Use Inspection: Prior to each use, a meticulous examination of the ladder for any signs of damage or wear is crucial. A damaged ladder should never be employed.

  • Safe Setup: The ladder must be placed on a stable surface, fully extended, and securely locked into position. Adherence to the 4-to-1 rule is critical: for every four feet of ladder height, the base should be positioned one foot away from the wall.

  • Cautious Climbing: Maintaining three points of contact (two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand) is essential. Tools should be carried in a belt or hoisted using a rope once stationary.

  • Centered Positioning: Ensuring one's body remains between the ladder's side rails is vital. Leaning or overreaching should be avoided by repositioning the ladder as needed.

Explore Our Comprehensive Compliance Package and Ladder Safety Training Course: We invite you to enhance your professional development and operational safety through these vital educational resources. Power Washing Training and Certification Courses

Compliance Package: Our compliance classes, including OSHA 1910, DOT, Environmental, and Respirator Training, serve as a foundational prerequisite for any certification. These classes can be undertaken individually or collectively as part of our group Compliance Package. Current certification holders through PWNA are grandfathered until the expiration of their certification, after which compliance classes are required for certification renewal.

Ladder Safety Training: Tailored around the OSHA 1910 General Industry Standard, this course addresses critical fall hazard concerns such as Unstable Top, Unstable Base, Missed or Slipped Rung, and the principle of 3 Points of Contact. It is designed to benefit all employees of Mobile Contractors.

Competitive Advantage

As a PWNA member, being trained and certified in your field of pressure washing provides you with a competitive advantage.  Smart consumers research through the internet and other sources to find reputable and highly trained contractors that will protect their property and save them valuable time.  As a certified PWNA member, you can provide your customers with the knowledge and peace of mind that you will do a quality job.  In our industry, quality work and a fair price lead to more referrals and a growing business!




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