March is here and according to the American Ladder Institute, there’s no better time to celebrate National Ladder Safety Month. Ladders are the tools that take us to new heights and help us reach our highest potential! We use extension ladders in the garage, step stools in the kitchen and every step up we take, matters for safety.
At construction sites and manufacturing facilities all over the country, ladder safety is paramount! Falls continue to be a persistent problem and every year over 100 people die in ladder-related accidents while thousands more suffer disabling injuries.
OSHA recommends training employees on how to properly use ladders
- Choose the right ladder for the job
- Inspect ladders regularly to ensure they are in good working order
- Make sure to use a ladder on flat and level ground
- Secure and position the ladder in the safest location possible
- Face the ladder at all times when climbing
- Maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times and don’t overload it
Don’t risk your safety using rickety ladders! If you notice any of the following, leave that ladder for the junk pile.
- Missing or loose rungs or cleats
- Loose nails, bolts, or screws
- Wood splinters or damaged ladder edges
- Cracks, breaks, splits, dents, or wearing
- Damaged rungs, cleats, or side rails
- Visible corrosion
Make sure every step you take is a safe one and Happy Ladder Safety Month!
Want more safety tips? Check out our post, Beat the Heat.
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Brenda Lovitz, Risk & Safety Manager