Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Fall Prevention Awareness Week is going on now!

This week is designed to bring awareness to prevent the elderly from falling. While the campaign focuses on preventing the elderly from any type of fall, preventing the elderly from ladder falls is also important.  According to an article by the National Library of Medicine,  the older population is  particularly  at-risk for ladder-related accidents and injuries.

“Although they fell from lower heights, the elderly sustained different and more severe injury patterns” said the article. “Ladder safety education should be particularly tailored at the elderly.”

According to stopfalls.org, falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits due to trauma, and death from an injury among people age 65 and older, making it an important health issue to focus on.

Many different factors such as improper footwear, chronic diseases or medications can increase the risk of falling and are important to consider before climbing a ladder.

To encourage ladder safety and to help prevent ladder-related falls for this at-risk population, you can plan a ladder-safety training specifically for them.

You can talk about some of the risks the elderly face and how to handle them to prevent ladder accidents.

For more information on preventing all types of falls, visit stopfalls.org.




New Ladder Breaks

A police chief in Mass. fell from his ladder last month and is now on medical leave.

He was doing projects around his house. He was on the ladder putting up drip edge on the rroof when his ladder broke in half.

He had broke a few ribs and needed reconstructive surgery on his shoulder so he is on medical leave until he can heal. The doctors say he will be in recovery for three to six months, but he is lucky to  be alive and not paralyzed.

After doing some research, he found the fiberglass ladder he used has a history of breaking.

Make sure to always choose a good ladder for your job. Do research before choosing your ladder and always inspect it before you climb.

Our hearts go out to this man and his family. We wish him well on his recovery and are glad his accident wasn’t worse.


Bottom Rung Lawsuit

Today, our blog post is about a lawsuit involving missing the bottom rung.  In 2017, a man was injured while using a makeshift ladder while descending it. He ended up suing the place he was working, an Orthodox church in New York. A witness saw the man fall after “he appeared to have missed ‘the last step.”

The court threw out the case, saying there wasn’t enough detail to determine the case. However, this case brings some attention to the issue of missing the bottom rung.

Close to 20 percent of all ladder-related injuries involve missing the bottom rung. These injuries range in severity, but often include sprains and broken bones. To prevent these types of injuries, Little Giant designed the Ground Cue™ bottom rung indicator to alert you when you’ve reached the bottom rung with a notification you can both hear and feel. The Ground Cue is available on a handful of ladders, including the HyperLite, SafeFrame and MightyLite.

This lawsuit was a good reminder of the importance of the Ground Cue.  Stay safe.

Safety Ambassador Program

Does your company take fall prevention and ladder safety seriously? The American Ladder Institute has a program for you to join.   It is called the Safety Ambassador Program. When more than 20 team members from your company complete the training on www.laddersafetytraining.org you can become a Safety Ambassador.

If you would like to learn more about the Safety Ambassador program, email the ALI marketing@americanladderinstitute.org.

For more information, visit the ALI’s website.

Safety & Health Violations

As an Ohio company recently found out, failing to take care of employees’ safety can lead to major issues for the company. A plastic and ruber manufacturer was cited for 44 health and safety violations, resulting in $400,775 in penalties.

The company didn’t properly train new employess on how to safely handle hazardous chemicals. They also failed to provide equipment such as personal protective equipment and fall protection to employees. In addition, they didn’t train workers on lockout/tagour procedures. These major violations could have led to serious injuries, or even death, at the company.

The article had a quote from Larry Johnson, OSHA’s Columbus Area Office director.

“Employees are at increased risk when they are not adequately trained and effective safety and health procedures are not implemented. Employers are required to train employees on their first day about on-the-job hazards and safe handling procedures, and provide personal protective equipment to keep them safe.”

While the violations were not directly related to ladders, I think the story of this company is an important one to remember. We need to put the safety of our employees first, even if that means paying a little more upfront.

How much is a life worth?

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