Skip, SFM’s safety hero, is on a crusade to prevent slips, trips and falls — including falls from ladders.
Falls from heights continue to be a top cause of workplace injuries. More than 50 workers in the U.S. suffer ladder-related injuries every day, Safety+Health Magazine reports.
According to the American Ladder Institute (ALI), the two most common causes of ladder accidents include:
- Missing the last step when climbing down
Practice safe ladder use
You can prevent many falls from heights by following a few simple rules.
- Use the right ladder for the job
- Make sure the ladder is in good condition – see our tips on proper ladder inspection
- Keep it placed on a firm surface
- Keep the base of the ladder 1 foot away from the wall for every 4 feet of height
- Don’t overreach. Maintain your balance when working on a ladder
- Have three points of contact on the ladder
- Never climb a ladder with your hands full. Use proper carrying devices
Ladder safety resources
Proper ladder use can be made easier by using the ladder safety app from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health . The app includes an angle measuring tool, inspection checklist and rules for proper use.
SFM offers hundreds of safety training resources to help prevent workplace injuries. Download these ladder safety resources to remind your employees not to risk a fall.