National Ladder Safety Month
It is imperative that we all continue to place serious and effective focus on ladder safety.
Unsafe Behaviors Causing Accidents and Injuries:
- Improper type of ladder used; improper class of ladder used.
- Ladder is too short for work task.
- Damaged or altered ladder used.
- Rails, rungs, spreaders, or feet of ladder damaged.
- Overloaded ladder; person, tools, or materials.
- Unstable ladder; position of feet, uneven ground.
- Slippery footing; grease, oil, ice, rain, mud, sand, etc.
- No three-point contact used; (two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot).
- Unsecured ladder tip: no tie-off used, improper angle.
- Awkward work; holding tools or materials.
- Leaning, reaching, or stretching outside center alignment of rails.
- Sitting or standing astride top of ladder.
- Standing on top of ladder or top rung of ladder.
- Twisting, standing sideways, jumping off.
- Missing the last step while coming down the ladder.
- Loss of attention to tasks: talking, phones, smoking or eating.
Make ladder safety a priority of your company safety culture
Great sources for ladder safety information and training: