Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety is a critically important phase of any job that is elevated. Anthony Dawes and Marabeth take you through the safety procedures associated with ladder use. Follow these illustrated safe ladder techniques and you will leave the project safe.

Falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries.-OSHA

US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health 16 year study:

An estimated 2,177,888 (95% confidence interval [CI]=1,885,311-2,470,466) individuals ranging in age from 1 month to 101 years were treated in U.S. EDs for ladder-related injuries during the 16-year study period, yielding an average of 136,118 cases annually, an average of 49.5 per 100,000 people. Males predominated in ladder-related injuries (76.5%, 95% CI=75.8-77.2). Fractures were the most common type of injury (31.5%, 95% CI=30.5-32.6). The body parts most frequently injured were the legs and feet (30.4%, 95% CI=29.5-31.2). Nearly 10% of injuries resulted in hospitalization (8.5%, 95% CI=7.4-9.6) or transfer to another hospital (1.4%, 95% CI=1.1-1.8), approximately twice that of consumer product-related injuries overall. The number of ladder-related injuries increased by more than 50% from 1990 to 2005. Ladder-related injuries per 100,000 people rose almost 27% during the 16-year study period. Of the cases for which locale of injury was recorded, 97.3% occurred in non-occupational settings, such as homes and farms.

Given the 50% increase in ladder-related injuries during the study period, the relatively high likelihood of hospital admission, and the predominance of injuries in non-occupational settings, increased efforts are needed to prevent ladder-related injuries.

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