Safety Alert Fall Protection – 10 Ways to stay safe on ladders
Falls from an elevation can cause serious injuries to employees. Workers injured as a result of a ladder fall can find themselves facing permanent injury or even death. In the 10 years spanning 2003 to 2012, 46 workers have died falling from a ladder (Safe Work Australia). These falls can be caused by many factors including improper setup/use, defective ladders, and wrong ladder type. Many of these injuries can be prevented with some advance preparation.
Do you have similar safety risks in your workplace?
- Are ladders routinely utilized by your place of business?
- Do you routinely inspect your ladders?
- Is there a chance that an employee could fall from a ladder?
What action can you do to prepare to keep employees safe from falls on ladders
- Keep your ladder clean and free of build-up or debris.
- Inspect the ladder for damaged rungs.
- Use the ladder for its’ intended purpose. Follow the labels/markings.
- Avoid electrical hazards.
- Always maintain 3 points of contact (two hands and a foot or two feet and a hand).
- Do not place ladders on unstable bases (i.e. boxes, barrels or other unstable bases).
- Do not move or shift a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.
- Do not exceed the maximum load rating of a ladder. Include tools and equipment in the total weight.
- Be sure that all locks on an extension ladder are fully engaged.
- Only use a ladder on a stable and level surface.
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