Ladder Safety

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Working with a ladder may seem easy enough, but think about it. The only thing standing between a worker and the ground is a piece of equipment. If it is defective or if it is the wrong type of ladder, the worker could be facing painful or fatal injuries.

The first step in doing any job correctly is pre-planning. It is important workers know which ladder to use for which job, how to set it up, and how to use it safely.

Improper ladder use could result in falls, the leading cause of workplace deaths in the construction industry.

Additionally, workers need to be aware of any electrical hazards they could encounter while on a ladder. Electrocution is the second leading cause of death in the construction industry.

SafetyNow can help you to educate workers on the types of ladders, how to set them up properly, how to avoid contact with other hazards like electricity, and how to avoid falls.

Meeting Kits

Wobbly Ladders Should Be Scrapped

Dan tried to “make do” with a ladder that was too short to extend above the rooftop, so he was unable to balance himself as he stepped off the ladder. He fell and broke his back.

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How to Select and Inspect a Ladder

There are many types of ladders available, and each is designed to do a certain kind of work. There are stepladders made for industrial, commercial and household use. There are single ladders, sectional ladders, extension ladders and rolling ladders. Ladders may be made of wood, fiberglass or metal, and they may be portable or fixed.

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Step It Up on Ladder Safety

Falls are the second leading cause of workplace deaths. The largest percentage of workplace fall deaths were falls from ladders (according to 2009 statistics). Falls are the greatest cause of fatalities in construction; 50% of falls over 11 feet result in fatalities. (Since this is an average, some falls under 11 feet are fatal.).  It takes one second to fall 16 feet.

Remember, your odds of a fatal or serious ladder accident are especially high if you work in construction. It might seem like overkill at times, but you must follow proper safety procedures when using ladders.  Additionally, these ladders need to be designed, constructed, used and maintained safely. The idea is to err on the side of overkill rather than workers killed.

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Use Ladders Safely

Using a ladder is a safer alternative to using a makeshift climbing device or an improvised work platform. However, using a ladder incorrectly can result in serious, even fatal injuries.

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Straight Talk About Straight Ladder Safety

Two workers were attempting to install a wooden sign board on the storefront of a building. They were both on the ground attempting to position an aluminum ladder. They lost control of it, causing the ladder to fall backwards. It struck an 8,000-volt overhead power line. The two men were electrocuted instantly.

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Safety Videos

Ladder Safety Video

Ladders are one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in almost any work environment. From common stepladders to sophisticated extension ladders, they can be found almost everywhere. Training products on “Ladder Safety in Construction Environments” show that because they are so common, many employees take ladders for granted, and do not take the appropriate precautions when using ladders.

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Stepladders, Straight Ladders & Platform Ladders

This video deals with the safe way to use stepladders, straight ladders and platform ladders, as well as common hazards associated with improper ladder use. Explains the 4:1 rule when placing straight ladders, the belt buckle rule, 36″ requirement for straight ladders above landings and more. A great program for new or experienced workers.

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Online Courses

Ladder Safety

Ladders are one of the most common and simple tools people use on the job. It’s easy to forget that they can also be extremely dangerous. Each year in the United States, accidents involving ladders cause approximately 300 deaths and 130,000 injuries requiring emergency medical attention. This course should assist learners in recognizing hazards of ladder use, different types of ladders, and inspection requirements. This course is intended for employees in any industry who use ladders at work on a regular basis, and will assist employers in meeting OSHA standards on ladder safety. While this course addresses OSHA training requirements, there may be a site-specific training component required that must be fulfilled by an employer. This course is presented in English and Spanish.

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Ladder Safety for Oil & Gas

Ladders are one of the most common and simple tools people use on the job. It’s easy to forget that they can also be extremely dangerous. Each year in the United States, accidents involving ladders cause approximately 300 deaths and 130,000 injuries requiring emergency medical attention. This course should assist learners in recognizing hazards of ladder use, different types of ladders, and inspection requirements. This course is intended for employees in the oil and gas industry who use ladders at work on a regular basis, and will assist employers in meeting OSHA standards on ladder safety. While this course addresses OSHA training requirements, there may be a site-specific training component required that must be fulfilled by an employer.

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