Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Likewise, more than 2,000 people per day are injured during improper ladder use, and the industry is taking major steps to reduce that number.
March 2017 has been declared the first-ever National Ladder Safety Month, designed to raise awareness of ladder safety and to decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities by promoting ladder safety, at home and at work.
March is the ideal time to highlight and encourage ladder safety because it coincides with Spring home improvement projects and the beginning of the construction season, and it precedes OSHA’s National Fall Prevention Stand-Down, NSC’s National Safety Month in June, and the ASSE national conference in June.
Ladder accidents are preventable, but without better safety planning and training and continuous innovation in product design, we will still continue to see far too many fatalities.
Stepladder Safety: What It’s All About
View “Stepladder Safety: What It’s All About” below to see how workers are breaking OSHA and ANSI rules by climbing past the highest-recommended step to the top rung or top cap.