Ladder Safety Month
February 25, 2019
March is National Ladder Safety Month, an annual event sponsored by the American Ladder Institute (ALI). More than 100 people die, and thousands are injured each year, in ladder-related accidents and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are consistently a leading cause of unintentional injury mortality nationwide. Through the upcoming event, the ALI hopes to raise awareness of ladder safety and decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities.
Ladder Accidents are Often Preventable
Ladder accidents are generally attributable to improper use or unsafe ladders. While some work-related ladder accidents are unavoidable, many can be prevented by properly training employees and keeping ladders in good repair. Some common causes of ladder accidents include:
- Failure to level the ladder safely
- Missing the bottom rung when stepping down
- Overreaching, which often causes workers to lose their balance
- Repeatedly lifting large or heavy ladders
- Standing on the top rung while working
- Using the wrong size/type of ladder for the job
Common Ladder-Related Injuries
Workers in various industries may suffer ladder-related injuries, however construction workers are particularly vulnerable; OSHA consistently identifies falls as one of the “fatal four” top causes of construction worker fatalities. Other common types of injuries from ladder accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries (Traumatic Brain Injury, concussion)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Twisted/sprained ankles
When is National Ladder Safety Month?
The ALS invites people to participate in National Ladder Safety Month, which begins on February 24, 2019. The ALI reports that last year, the event garnered nearly 80,000 visits to the National Ladder Safety Month website and 75 percent of U.S. ladder manufacturers supported the event. This year, several issues will be discussed, including:
- What is ladder safety?
- Ladder safety training and year-round partners
- Ladder safety at work
- Ladder safety at home
- Ladder inspection and disposal
ALI’s Overall Mission to Increase Ladder Safety
The ALI is a non-profit organization comprised of ladder manufacturers and manufacturers of ladder components from the U.S. and Canada. It is the only organization approved by the American National Standards Institute to develop ladder safety standards. The ALI’s overall mission is threefold: to educate the public, raise awareness, and increase ladder safety.
The ALI also hopes that National Ladder Safety Month will result in an increased:
- Amount of in-person ladder trainings
- Issuance of ladder training safety certificates
- Number of proper ladder inspections and disposals
- Viewing frequency of safety training modules on laddersafetytraining.org
Additional goals of the upcoming event are to:
- Decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities
- Encourage innovation in product design
- Improve safety planning and training
- Lower the rankings of ladder-related safety violations on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) annual Top 10 Citations List
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