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Be sure to practice ladder safety.

- January 12, 2012 by Terio Duran (View all posts by Terio)

Example of incorrect ladder use taken by Tom Jolliff.

Did you know, according to OSHA statistics, falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and serious injuries? Most ladder accidents are the result of careless or improper ladder usage.

Do you review safe work practices for ladder usage with your employees? Practicing this will help minimize and prevent serious falls and injuries.

There are certain causes that recur in ladder accidents that should be addressed.  These include using inappropriate equipment, inappropriate placement of the ladder, or an unstable work surface, defective equipment, overreaching, overbalancing or slipping on the rungs.

Some points on ladder safety:

  • When climbing a ladder, maintain 3-points of contact (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) on the ladder.
  • Don’t overreach or try to reposition a ladder while on it.
  • To move a ladder, climb down and relocate it to the appropriate work area.
  • Never attempt to stand on the top rung of a ladder. Stay below the top three ladder rungs on a stepladder or extension ladder.
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