Climb Towards Ladder Safety
Use national ladder safety month to take the next step
With OSHA statistics showing that every year more than 100 workers are fatally injured of suffering disabling injuries in ladder-related accidents, it makes sense to take time in your facility to educate and train workers on safe ladder operation procedures. This month, the American Ladder Institute (ALI) is sponsoring its annual National Ladder Safety Month to promote ladder safety at work and home.
Ladder accidents are preventable, but there are important steps a facility must take with proper training and equipment to in to help reduce the dangers.
Educate your workers
Proper training for your staff can help drive these ladder safety guidelines home, so be sure to introduce sessions designed to teach (or reinforce) proper ladder usage. When conducting these courses on safer ladder usage, be sure to emphasize these points:
- Ladder inspection
- Precautionary measures
- Proper maintenance & storage
- Correct usage
Make sure your ladders are maintained and the right ones
In addition to making sure your workers are properly trained, you want to make sure you have the right equipment to enhance that safety. Providing your workers with ladders that meet or exceed the ANSI and OSHA standards is just as important as education for overall ladder safety. Ladders lacking in the safety specifics and guidelines may be cheaper, but their failure to provide safe capacity and reach can lead to future incidents you don’t want.
To learn more about National Ladder Safety Month, including how your company can participate, visit the American Ladder Institute’s ladder safety month website at laddersafetymonth.com