Securing Your Ladder

Securing your ladder when you travel is as important as using it safely. This week, I saw an article about a ladder that fell off of a vehicle and was left in the road. In an effort to avoid the ladder, a car swerved, rolled and hit another car. 

So, what are some tips for safely securing a ladder when you’re transporting it? 

  1. Use a ladder rack. Using a ladder rack is one of the most convenient ways to transport your ladder from job to job. Always make sure the ladders are put on and secured all the way. Also, never stack ladders on top of one another on the rack. 
  2. Use a Ratchet Strap. If you don’t have a ladder rack, use a ratchet strap to make sure the ladder is stored safely and tightly to the ladder. If your ladder is hanging out the back of your truck or other vehicles, always use a red flag to let other drivers know they need to watch out. 
  3. Put the ladder inside the vehicle. Not only will the ladder be safe and secure, but you will get better gas mileage. A study done a few years ago found that when ladders were transported inside a vehicle, the vehicle got much better gas mileage and decreased the wear and tear. 

3 Benefits of eLearning Courses for Working at Height

Today we have a guest post from www.delta-net.com! This post talks about some of the benefits of eLearning courses and ladder safety. As you know, I love to provide in-person training, but that’s not always possible, which is why eLearning courses can be so beneficial.

Working at height is an unavoidable part of many jobs. The use of ladders is common in workplaces from building sites to offices.

Unfortunately falls from height are a common cause of workplace injuries and fatalities. Many of them could be prevented, but often employees who work at height aren’t given any specific training in this aspect of their health and safety. Whether it’s a librarian using a ladder to put books on shelves or a builder using scaffolding on a daily basis, good quality training is an important part of making sure people know how to select the correct equipment for the job and use it correctly.

1 – Information Retention

eLearning is an increasingly popular way of ensuring staff stays up to date with their health and safety knowledge. When information is passed along in an enjoyable, memorable way, that information is far more likely to be remembered days, weeks or months down the line.

With our eLearning courses, learners can go back over material at their own pace and at the times that suit them best. It’s easy to track which employees have taken which courses and when they were completed, to make sure everyone’s on the same page when it comes to this important topic.

2 – Best Value for Money

eLearning courses are a cost-effective way of meeting your duties as an employer to train your staff appropriately in health and safety, compliance and performance management topics.

There’s much greater flexibility to train staff when it’s not possible to get them in the same place at the same time – especially if they’re based at different sites or remotely! – and if someone’s absent on a particular day, you won’t have to rearrange training in the way you might for face to face sessions.

3 – Quality

As a growing industry, eLearning technology is improving all the time. Increasing “gamification” and improved animation means courses are now more engaging than ever. Delivering information in an enjoyable way can improve learner recall.

At DeltaNet International, our courses are customizable. This allows you to make any course fit the individual requirements of your business and deliver something that’s specific to your workplace.

eLearning is an excellent option when deciding how best to educate your workforce on the subject of working at height.

Good quality eLearning courses are an excellent, cost-effective and flexible way to keep your employees safe when they’re working at height.

Liability and Ladder Safety

Last summer, a New York company faced a labor lawsuit due to a ladder accident. The worker was using a makeshift ladder when he made a misstep and was injured. He brought his case to court and the court ruled in his favor, even though he was the one who had made a misstep.

This case is just one example of how companies are being held accountable for issues on the job. It is proof that ladder safety training, in addition to general workplace training, is becoming increasingly important. Even if it is technically the worker’s fault, the company he or she was working for can get fined, or worse.

What will you do to help your workers be safe on the job? Here are a couple of tips:

  1. Provide ladder safety training. If you need help with that, fill out the form here, and I will come to your company for free.
  2. Speak Up. If you see something wrong on the job, let the person know and help him or her work more safely.
  3. Have a designated safety manager. A lot of companies, especially small companies, have the owner or regular manager be in charge of safety. Unfortunately, because this person has a lot of other responsibilities, a lot of unsafe things still happen. Having someone whose main job is to check for safety issues helps everyone work safer and more efficiently.

 

 

Excitement at NSC

NSC this week was a great time. Thank you to all who came by the booth to see our latest products.

Here are a couple of posts from our booth. At the show, we announced the King Kombo. We also announced “the death of the stepladder.” We had a casket and let people share their memories and sadness at its passing. Were you at the show? Did you stop by our booth?

Special Announcement: Good-bye to the Stepladder

Little Giant Ladders made a special announcement today at the National Safety Council & Expo in Houston, and I wanted to make sure I shared it with you.

The King Kombo, the ladder set to kill the traditional stepladder, is constructed of nonconductive, high-strength, lightweight fiberglass and is a fully articulating combination ladder. It is a true 3-in-1 ladder—the only one of its kind. Even though it is cost-competitive with an ordinary stepladder, the King Kombo works as a 375 lb-rated stepladder, a wide-base extension ladder, and a lean-to ladder, that also serves as an attic-access ladder and a lightweight, versatile framing ladder.

Its straight side allows operators to access tight workspaces between wall studs or ceiling trusses and roof or attic access ports. The King Kombo meets or exceeds all OSHA and ANSI Type IAA 375-lbs standards for combination, extension and A-frame stepladders.

If you’re in Houston for NSC, stop by booth #1635 to see the ladder in person and to visit me and the rest of the Little Giant team. We’ll be here until the end of the show on Wednesday!

 

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