As the beginning of Summer in Victoria was met with forecasts of a severe downpour and flood warnings, people swung into action to prepare for the coming storms. As a result, a sudden spike in ladder fall injuries occurred across the state from people hurrying to clear their roof gutters. This is a phenomenon that tends to happen leading up to forecasted storms that creates unnecessary tragedy far too frequently.
12 Victorians Injured While Cleaning Roof Gutters Preparing for the Storm
12 people were injured preparing for Melbourne’s monster storm from falling from a ladder while cleaning their roof gutters. The most serious incident was a Castlemaine man in his 80s with critical head and spinal injuries. The others sustained head and back injuries, bruises and fractures. Ambulance Victoria director of emergency management Paul Holman appealed to those preparing for storms to avoid taking the risk of climbing a ladder and to consider getting a professional to do the work. It isn’t worth the risk of serious injury to get up on a ladder with a sense of urgency that comes with storm preparation.
Schedule a 6 Monthly Gutter Clean
The best thing to do is to plan ahead. Booking in a specialist gutter cleaning company is never too late if a team is available during storm season, but getting in early will help you to avoid any sudden and unexpected storms from causing damage from blocked gutters. Booking a professional gutter cleaner in ahead of new storms also will give you peace of mind that the job will be done so you can put your attention and energy into making other important preparations.
Professionals are Invested in Safety and Results
When you get professionals involved, they bring safety equipment for working at heights to minimise the risk. PorterVac have scissor lifts to keep the team off of ladders as much as possible. They are all experienced roof tilers with a superb track record in safety and they are all fully insured in case of injury or property damage should any be caused on the job.
The commercial grade truck mounted vacuum system makes the job much faster than getting on a ladder and scooping up the leaves and debris manually. Using a vacuum system also avoids double handling the leaves from not having to handle it after it hits the ground. The system sucks it away into the machine to save time and back problems from sweeping.
Protect Your Home from Storms Without Risking Your Life
We all want to protect our property from floods and storm damage, but preparing for the worst shouldn’t put you or a loved one’s body at risk unnecessarily. Minimising the need to use ladders will significantly reduce the risk of a serious injury, and getting ahead of the crowd on storm damage prevention by getting your gutters cleaned early is the best way to avoid the damage.