Among the most common causes for ladder related injuries are:
Mounting or dismounting the ladder improperly
Missteps while climbing up or down
Loss of balance
Failing to set up the ladder properly
2. Unstable Objects
Sometimes taking a moisture reading requires navigating around large objects that, by appearances, seem stable. When bumped or moved, heavy objects -- such as a shelving unit that’s not fastened down or a stack of boxes -- can fall over and injure those in the way.
Taking moisture readings in a confined space, such as a partial attic, gets tiring after a short time. You’re often forced to crouch or crawl once inside, causing muscle strain and fatigue. Not to mention, working in a confined space is time consuming.
If there’s one thing molds love, it’s moisture. In fact, they thrive in it. That’s why during home restoration inspections and building surveys, it’s not uncommon to find stachybotrys (black mold) or alternaria in damp areas. It’s especially present in buildings with flood damage.
5. Stagnant Water
Where there’s a moisture issue, there’s also a chance for exposure to stagnant -- or standing -- water.
Left sitting for long periods of time, untreated stagnant water may harbor dangerous biofilms, which are habitats for dangerous diseases and pathogens such as:
When encountering standing water during a moisture survey, the best practice is to stay as far away as possible and thoroughly disinfect objects that come in contact with it.
Staying Safe While Taking Moisture Meter Readings
As in any profession, the best way to stay safe while on the job is to be aware of the hazards you may encounter. Knowledge is power.
The next best thing is using the equipment and tools that keep you safe. A moisture meter that’s designed to work with the user allows you to work efficiently without compromising safety.
With its extendable handle that reaches up to 48” (112 cm), Protimeter’s ReachMaster Pro helps you navigate around these health and safety hazards.
Learn more about the ReachMaster Pro by contacting one of our distributors near you!