You don’t need to fall from extreme heights to get seriously hurt

November 27, 2018

Falls from all sources, including ladders, are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide.*  They don’t have to be – proper training and use of the correct equipment will reduce the risks associated with ladders.

Most falls from ladders are traceable to three main problems:

  • The wrong ladder was used.
  • The ladder failed because it was in bad shape or the condition of the surface failed to support the ladder (slippery, unstable or uneven surfaces).
  • The ladder was misused. 

Be sure to review our ladder safety reminders regularly to make sure that you, your employees or coworkers are properly trained on the correct equipment that will reduce the risks associated with ladders.

*World Health Organization, 2018

More information:

Falls from stepladders can kill

Employer responsibilities regarding ladders

Fall protection resources

Recommendations to improve safety at construction sites

 

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