Ladder-related citations have been a fixture on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) annual “Top 10” list of most cited violations. In 2018, the agency reported 2,812 citations involving ladders, making the standard (1926.1053) the sixth most-cited violation on the list. Falls are the leading cause of construction worker deaths on the job, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, with more than 310 construction workers killed and more than 10,350 seriously injured.
The top sections of the standard cited by OSHA involved portable ladder access, using ladders for purposes other than those for which they were designed, using the top of a stepladder as a step, structural defects, and employees carrying objects or loads that could cause them to lose balance and fall.
Ladders are used at work locations everywhere on a daily basis. They seem like a simple tool that most don’t think twice about using, but they can be very dangerous if not used properly or given the once-over before each use. Most of these accidents occur due to a failure to follow basic ladder safety. To help prevent ladder injuries, practice the following safety tips.
Brian is a Risk Management Solutions Manager specializing in loss prevention and fraud investigation.
Brian is a Risk Management Solutions Manager specializing in loss prevention and fraud investigation. He has been in the commercial insurance industry since 1996 with experience in claims investigation and loss mitigation, rooting out workers’ compensation fraud, and working with clients to develop loss control and prevention solutions.
If you could give human form to your safety culture, what would it look like?
Maybe it would be a thick-set, shirtless brute named Trog with a foul disposition beating out a drum cadence to keep your employees rowing in-sync.
Or would it be more like a fussy and constantly disapproving Dickensian paper-pusher named Fizzlewhite who has never met a rule or procedure he didn’t like, even though he hasn’t done most of the things he creates rules to address?
If you were to search the various “mommy blogs” and parenting advice websites out there, how many of them do you think would endorse the following practice?
A child’s safety should always be a top priority for any parent. When leaving children under the age of 10 alone in the house for lengthy periods of time, be sure to provide the kids with a loaded pistol with the safety off in case a stranger should happen by. In a pinch, recently sharpened knives can be substituted for the pistol.
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