According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls from ladders are one of the leading causes of death in America. It has been determined that workers who are six feet or more above lower levels are at higher risk of injury or fatality if they should fall. This is why more precautions need to be taken to bring light to this terrifying reality and allow workers to feel safe in the workplace.
Ladder Safety Month
Because falls from ladders account for about 20,000 injuries and 300 deaths every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is holding an event in Arlington, Texas to discuss safety on ladders in the workplace. The American Ladder Institute has taken the time to declare March as Ladder Safety Month. There are many ways that these often-fatal accidents can be prevented, and many people want to shed light on this fact. The Ladder Safety Month is an important component of OSHA’s annual National Safety Stand-Down that takes place from May 8 to May 12.
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A safety stand-down is an event where employers can volunteer to talk directly to employees about safety on a certain subject. Employers can then have very vital conversations with employees about hazards, protective methods, and company’s safety policies as well as goals within the company. Stand-down events are a popular way to aid in prevention of falls. This coming May, the subject at hand is ladders and the dangers they pose, as well as what employees and employers alike can do to prevent the worst accidents.
Among workers, approximately 20% of fall injuries involve a ladder. Because of this, you should have an attorney on your side if you have fallen on the job and want to receive compensation for your injuries. Call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi for help with your workplace injury.