Each year there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders (According to the World Health Organization). Extension ladders or “portable ladders” are most widely used due to their convenience but because they are not self-supporing, they can be more dangerous. Extension ladders usually have two sections that operate in brackets or guides allowing for adjustable lengths.
Positioning extension ladders at the proper angle is crucial for preventing accidents. If the ladder is set to steeply or to shallowly, it could fall. The National Institute for Occupations Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed a Ladder Safety app that is free to download and helps the user set the ladder at the best angle. As an individual this app can help you set up the ladder at the safest angle, helping prevent injuries. As an employer, less injuries means less workers compensation claims.
Doing a good job is important but doing it safely is more important. Take the extra time to make sure the ladder is set up correctly and stable before using it. Have questions or want more information, send us an email…we’re happy to help – firstname.lastname@example.org
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