Types of Injuries from Ladder Accidents

Emergency-signToday let’s focus on the types of injuries that can happen after a ladder accident.

The most common type of accident is fractures. About 36 percent of all injuries were fractures.

Sprains are also common types of accidents.

Believe it or not, 10 percent of all injuries were a cut of some kind.

The most common injuries happen to the worker’s arms and legs. Often, ladder accidents result in the worker being admitted to the hospital.

The majority of all falls were caused by overreaching. Most falls (79%) resulted from excessive reaching or incorrect ladder placement.

The most serious accidents result in death.

Fractures, sprains, death, none of these sound fun. Make sure you and your team are being safe!

Fun Ladder Safety Tips

There are a lot of things to remember when it comes to ladder safety. Sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder with a bunch of ladder safety tips all in one place. Here are a few fun facts I ran across today.

1. Self-supporting and non-self-supporting portable ladders must be rated for more than four times the maximum intended load.
2. Extension ladders lean at a 75.5 degree angle with what it’s leaning against and the ground.
3. Ladder rungs must be parallel with the ground.
4. Rungs should be skid-resistant and in a shape so the worker’s foot cannot slide off.
5. Ladders need to be kept free of oil, grease, wet paint and other slipping hazards.
6. A-frame ladders must have spreader bars or another locking device.
7. When two or more ladders are used to reach a work area, they must be offset with a plank between the ladders.
8. Never use a ladder for a purpose it wasn’t designed for.

All of these fun ladder tips come straight from OSHA’s site. If you’d like more tips, check out the link here.

Injuries are Real

Emergency-signJust about every day I get an email update with ladder accidents in the news. Some of the articles have more detail than others, but something almost all the articles mention is some sort of major accident. Most recently, I got this article about a ladder accident near Boston, Mass.

The article does not give enough information to write any sort of blog post solely on the article. However, this accident can still be used to learn from.  The article talks about the man’s injury and then his transportation to the hospital.

What type of injury did he get? A serious head injury. Anyone who doesn’t take ladders seriously should think about this man and what happened to him. A serious head injury could come with any number of repercussions. Long-lasting issues include communication issues, memory problems, and possibly even death.

If anyone who tries to tell you that ladder injuries aren’t serious, just share this article with them. Other injuries include broken bones and muscle strains. While not common, I have even heard of amputations happening due to a ladder accident and injury that was not cared for properly. Ladder accidents can be serious, and the repercussions can be life-changing. Let’s let the man from the article’s accident be a reminder to all of us to climb safe.

Roof Safety

Roof Safety

I just ran across a troubling article about a man who fell from a roof and ended up passing away because of his injuries. According to the article, there have been a few similar accidents, also resulting in deaths from falling from roofs.

What would cause these types of accidents?

It depends what the person is doing, but often these accidents are by getting to close to the roofline. Another common cause of a roof accident is the transition between the ladder and the roofline. Resolving the first issue is as simple as paying attention to slop of the ladder and not getting close to the edge.

Addressing the issue of the transition point is a little more challenging. There are a couple tricks to making that transition point better. The first is to have the ladder extend three feet above the roofline. This will give the ladder enough stability so that it won’t slide.

Another option is to get a WalkThrough for your ladder. You put the WalkThrough on top of your ladder and it helps make the transition point between your ladder and the roof simple and safe.

It’s never fun or easy to run across the articles involving a ladder accident, especially when there is a death involved. Hopefully, however, we can learn from their mistakes and not let the same thing happen to us.

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