March is National Ladder Safety Month

According to OSHA, falls from ladders account for about 20,000 injuries and 300 deaths each year.

With the goal of increasing awareness of ladder safety and decreasing ladder-related injuries and fatalities, the American Ladder Institute has established March, 2017 as the inaugural National Ladder Safety Month.

Organized in conjunction with this event, OSHA has scheduled a safety discussion of actual ladder-related tragedies, and ways those incidents could have been prevented. This discussion is scheduled for March 2 from 9-11:30 am, and may be viewed online. OSHA offers a wide range of resources to educate workers about potential hazards associated with improper ladder use.

Our group takes ladder safety seriously. From selection of the right ladder for the expected load capacity, type of work being done, and correct height–to ladder inspection, potential hazards (power lines, foot traffic, openings near ladder base), proper angle (1 foot away from building for every 4 feet in eave height), and importance of securement at the base and top of the ladder–we plan, equip, and train our people to recognize and minimize hazards related to ladder use.

Ladder safety is a part of our comprehensive safety program, “Working. Safe.” Our view: 100% of ladder-related injuries are preventable. If you would like to learn more about all the ways we help to keep our workforce safe, contact the Tri-State/Service Group office nearest you.