Ladder Safety Toolbox Talk
Ladder safety in construction is one of the most fundamental safety talks that your crew needs to know. In this toolbox talk, you'll learn about ladder injuries, common causes for ladder falls, and our safety tips for proper ladder usage.
Ladder Safety Talk
There are many dangers involved with using ladders and certain ladder safety protocols that should be followed. Believe it or not, ladders contribute to a very large number of accidents and injuries for people iin construction.
Ladder Injury Statiistics
You may look at a ladder being a very simple and harmless piece of equipment that people use every day. Any time that you are working from off the ground, you take a chance of falling and injuring yourself. There have been reports of many incidents that have to do with people on a ladder.
What Is the Most Common Injury While on a Ladder?
Looking back at incident reports of people on and off the job, the most common injury that people receive while using a ladder is a fracture. That can be to the arms, legs, or anywhere else on the body. It is important that you are always using caution and responsibility when climbing a ladder.
Non-Fatal Ladder Injuries
50% of the ladder-related injuries that were recorded in 2015, happened when people were trying to multitask. Climbing a ladder requires you to use both hands and feet, when you are trying to carry something up a ladder, that task becomes a little more difficult. There were a total of 20,000 non-fatal injuries that were taken into consideration for this study.
Fatal Ladder Injuries
Again, a ladder may seem like a simple thing for people to use. In 2015, there were 150 deaths that were recorded due to incidents while climbing a ladder. It is so easy to slip or fall when you are using a ladder. A good rule of thumb is to always have someone else there to help you when a problem arises.
Common Causes of Ladder Falls
There are a number of reports made every year about people who have fallen or gotten injured while using a ladder. Those instances can range from not using proper caution to true and honest accidents. You should always use caution and abide by the ladder safety rules that are given to you when using a ladder at home or on a worksite.
1. Neglecting to Inspect Ladder Prior to Use
It is very important to perform a proper inspection of the ladder that you are going to use before starting work. Weather and usage can take a toll on it and cause damage that can result in your getting hurt. If a ladder is cracked, has loose bolts, or needs repairs, you shouldn’t use it. Climbing a ladder is putting you at a height above ground level that can injure you badly if you fall.
2. Not Using Caution When on the Ladder
Ladders come with safety tips and practices that you should abide by. Thinking that you can use it however you see fit can result in you getting injured or killed. You should always follow the safe practices that are provided to you when using a ladder. Carrying objects in your hand while climbing a ladder is not advised, and neither is standing on the top step of a ladder.
3. Not Using the Correct Size Ladder
It may seem easier to you to just use the same ladder for every project that you are doing. That may be okay to do when everything's the same level, but you should never use a ladder that isn’t tall enough for the job. When you have to reach farther than needed, you take the risk of having an accident.
You have to also consider the ground and if it is level or not. Working on the unlevel ground with a ladder that isn’t stable can result in someone getting injured. You should always make sure that the ladder you are using, whether a step ladder, a-frame ladder, or extension ladder, is the right one for the job that you are doing.
Ladder Safety Tips
Your place of work may have strict guidelines that you are to follow when using equipment on the clock. There are safe practices that you should follow in general as well. These ladder safety rules should stand when you are using a ladder at home or while working at your job. It can save someone's life and avoid unnecessary injuries.
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