Ladder accident in the news

In this news article, the article itself is focusing on a lawsuit, but the cause of the lawsuit is due to a ladder-related injury.

In April 2013, a man was carrying a ladder on a job site when the ladder hit a live electric wire, causing a severe injury.

How could his ladder accident have been prevented?

The most important thing the man forgot to do is watch out for items above the ladder. Power lines, buildings and other hazards can cause major injury for a person carrying a ladder. When carrying a ladder, make sure to be aware of your surroundings so you can stay safe.

The second way the accident could have been prevented would be to use a fiberglass ladder. Fiberglass ladders don’t conduct electricity, so they are safer when round power lines. We don’t have all the details of the man’s accident, but there is a chance that the accident would not have happened if the man had been using a fiberglass ladder.

It is always tragic when I run across news stories involving ladder-related injuries or deaths, but they always make me think about how the accident could have been prevented. Let us learn from others’ mistakes and climb safe!

Ladder Safety in the Summer

hot summer sunEach season has different risks for ladder use, and summer is no exception.  Since Memorial Day is generally considered the kick-off to summer, here are a few safety tips for using your ladder this summer. You can share these tips with your team or use them to create your own ladder safety training.

Stay Hydrated

In the summer, the heat can cause severe dehydration which can lead to dizziness and other major health risks. If you are working outside, make sure you keep your water close by.

Beware of Hot Metal

If you are using an aluminum ladder, the metal can heat quickly, increasing the chance of burns and other injuries. Make sure you pay attention to how long the ladder has been outside and keep tabs on the temperature.

Follow the other Safety Guidelines

We are always giving tips for being safe on ladders. Just like in any season, it is important to follow regular safety guidelines. Maintain three points of contact, inspect the ladder, don’t climb on the top rung are all guidelines that should be followed regardless of the season.

 

The summer never seems quite long enough, so it can be easy to try to complete as many projects as possible in a short amount of time. With all this work, it can be easy to push yourself too hard, causing accidents. Make sure to pay attention so you can climb safely.

This information in this post is important for those using ladders at home or at work. Those who use ladders regularly for work need to remember to be careful as well. The summer heat brings different challenges than the winter months, but remember these safety tips and climb safe!

Ladder Safety on Construction Sites

construction industryI just read an article that talks about construction safety. According to the article, one of the leading causes of onsite accidents and injuries is the lack of training.

As we always say on this site, training is crucial for safety. The article talks about the importance of training team members how to use equipment properly, and ladders are no exception.

We give our readers ladder training tips often, so here are just a few more tips.

When training your team, make sure you teach them how to properly set up and take down the ladder, in addition to the safety tips.

-Show them how to make sure the spreader bars are locked.

-Show them how to make sure the ground is level or how to use leg levelers properly.

-Show them how to properly climb the ladder.

-Show them how to safely carry the ladders from location to location.

Taking the time to teach your team how to safely use ladders and other equipment will help prevent on-the-job injuries. While it may seem to take a lot of time in the moment, this training will actually help to save time, money, and lives.

If you need ideas for what to include in the training, check out the Ladder Safety Toolbox for some  ideas.

Construction can be a dangerous industry to work in, so remember to train your team to help make their jobs a little safer.

Ladders in the News

022912-news-levitated-mass-1-ss-662wThis week, I ran across a news story about a man who was critically injured after falling from a ladder. When paramedics arrived, they found the man under cardiac arrest who was unconscious with a major head injury. The paramedics resuscitated the man and then transported him to the hospital.

Like many of the stories I run across, this article didn’t have a ton of information. What caused the man to fall? Was it the cardiac arrest? Or did that happen after he fell?

Even though we don’t have many answers, this story is an important reminder of why we need to be careful on ladders. This man was somebody’s father, brother, son and husband. We push so much for ladder safety because we don’t want your family and friends, or the family and friends of someone from your team, to go through the pain of losing you because of a preventable accident.

Because we don’t have many details, we can’t know for sure how this accident was caused. From the information we have, there is a chance the man experienced a medical emergency. If you happen to feel unwell, such as dizzy, lightheaded or generally not well, when on a ladder, climb down until you feel well again.

Please remember climb safe and to help your team climb safe.

-Dave

Extreme Safety Conference

 

extreme safetyHere are some great photos from the Extreme Safety Conference this week. It was a great conference with lots of wonderful information. Were you at there? If you were, I’d love to hear your thoughts! What part was your favorite?

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