Many employees make the mistake of getting on a ladder in an unsafe workplace. Some people say that they don’t have to worry about a ladder’s weight rating because their weight hasn’t changed in awhile, or they believe that they can carry multiple items up a ladder without falling. The truth is, at some time or another, many people in the workplace will use a ladder, whether they are working at a library or in a warehouse. It is important to remember safety at all times to prevent one of these serious accidents from happening to you.
Ladder Safety Statistics
Last month was Ladder Safety month but we recognize the importance of ladder safety in the workplace at all times. Here are some statistics that you should remember for accident prevention:
- It is surprising to find that $5.50 billion is spent on workplace falls from working at heights.
- Falls from a height are the third most common disabling injury in the workplace.
- Ladder falls are commonly cited by OSHA in workplaces.
- 7% of participants in a ladder injury survey believe that accidents could have been prevented with proper safety training.
- 2 of the most common ladder accidents include overreaching and missing the last step when you are climbing down.
- Every day, 2,000 ladder injuries take place, and there are 364 deaths per year.
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When you are working around ladders, there are some things that you should always remember, according to OSHA under the United States Department of Labor. Some things to remember include reading and following all ladder instructions, avoiding electrical hazards, always inspecting the ladder before you use it, never placing the ladder on boxes or barrels, and never exceeding the maximum load rating of a ladder.
Ladder accidents can be prevented, which is why you should remember these statistics and tips. If you have been injured in the workplace, give us a call today so we can help you with your case.