At Crawford Catastrophe Services, our priorities include keeping our clients and their policyholders happy. To do that, we also place the safety of our adjusters high on what’s important to us. With varying storm seasons quickly approaching, specifically Tornado and Hail, it’s a perfect time to refresh our ladder safety plan.
Without proper ladder safety, injuries can and often do occur. Our goal is to prepare our adjusters before deploying, by offering a virtual course available any time, so their safety is never in question.
Tornado season varies by geographic location but is highest between April and May. While you may not personally experience many tornados, the United States has approximately 1200 tornadoes annually, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Hail usually occurs during severe thunderstorms. Again, these vary depending on location but are highest in March, April, and May. The size of hail can range from .25” (the size of a pea) to 4.0” (the size of a grapefruit). No matter the size, hail can and will damage property.
For property owners, hail and tornadoes can be a severe threat. Even if small, hail can damage anything it falls on, typically roofs. Tornadoes ravage anything in their path, including homes, cars, land, and more.
For adjusters, knowing proper roof climbing safety in these scenarios is imperative to completing their duties successfully. That’s why we offer a virtual course, “Crawford Ladder & Roof Safety for Adjusters,” available at any time on our website.
This course has two interconnected sections. The first area addressed is the proper selection and use of a ladder. Every year, property adjusters are injured while using ladders. The course will help you understand basic ladder construction, the proper selection of a ladder to match the use intended, as well as proper ladder placement.
The course then provides guidance on properly scaling the ladder to avoid falling. The second part of the course is about safely climbing onto, off of, or walking on a roof. A fall from a roof often results in life-altering (or ending) injuries. This course can teach some of the dangers of being on a roof and how to exercise good judgment about when it is unsafe to be on the roof.
Lasting just over an hour, this course is recommended for new and even seasoned adjusters and is available on our KMC OnDemand website. Once logged in, search the course in the catalogue and then stay safe!