OSHA released an OSHA “Hit List” with 100 of the hazardous industries.
Some of the top dangerous industries include: agriculture, forestries & fisheries, mining, contract construction, manufacturing, transportation commmunication & public utilities, business services, professional services, state government and local government all rank.
Then, the Hit List breaks down the industries even more to the types of jobs in those industries that are the most dangerous. For example, in the agriculture industry, the one of the most dangerous jobs is landscape and horticulture. What does this have to do with ladder safety? The reasons the industries are included as most dangerous are not listed, but looking at the list, you can see which industries are likely to use ladders.
Industries Using Ladders
Let’s choose just a couple of industries from the categories. We’ll talk briefly about each industry, how they use ladders, and how they can be safer.
The first industry is landscape and horticulture. Horticulturists use ladders to prune the plants. For landscaping and horticulturists, it is important to use the right ladder and to make sure the ground is level.
Plumbing fixtures and heating equipment is the next industry. These guys use ladders mainly for installation. They also need to make sure they use the right size ladder and don’t stand on the top rung or top cap while they are installing pipes.
General industrial machinery and equipment is a tricky industry because it applies to lots of different jobs. Some of the most common mistakes in this industry are standing on the top cap/using the wrong size ladder and over-reaching.
Electric lighting and wiring runs into similar problems as plumbing and heating. One of the main things for workers in this industry to remember is to always use a fiberglass ladder. Workers also need to use the right size ladder for the job.
Warehousing is another industry that uses ladders a lot for a variety of tasks. It is important to use the right size ladder and to never stand on the top rung or top cap.
Hotels use ladders for a variety of services and jobs. This means they need different types of ladders and different sized ladders, depending on the type of work the ladder is being used for. This also means there are quite a few mistakes that can be made.
Merchandising is another industry that uses ladders for a lot of different tasks. The most important tip for those who work in merchandising is to use the right size ladder for the job and to never stand on the top rung or top cap.
The Automotive Repair Services industry uses ladders sometimes to help get work done on taller vehicles. Ladders might also be used when doing restoration or other body work. The key is to use the right ladder for the job and to never lean.
Construction workers use ladders all the time for a variety of jobs. We have quite a few posts with tips for how construction workers can be safer on the job. As far as building construction, both residential and commercial, ladders are used for almost every step of the building process. Similar to some of the other industries we’ve talked about, it is important for construction workers to use the right ladder for the job, including the right size, and to never lean or stand on the top rung or top cap.
Make sure to check out the OSHA’s hit list. If you work in one of the listed industries, take some time to evaluate how you and your team members can work more safely.