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Consider alternatives such as:

  • Hiring a tradesperson
  • Getting help from a friend or relative
  • Seeking advice from your local council – Senior citizens and people with disabilities may be eligible for government or local council assistance with home maintenance
  • Using a step stool for small jobs
  • Using a different strategy (e.g. gutter guards to avoid needing to clean roof gutters; long handled devices for cleaning or changing light globes)

    There is a large number of commercially available safety equipment for ladders (search the web or ask your local hardware store):

    • Replacement parts such as rubber feet
    • Shelves/platforms so you can work smarter and reduce your risks
    • Braces for the base and top of the ladder to keep it steady
    • Helmets and harnesses