Safety Trainings

I have been traveling around the country over the course of the month providing safety training. It has been great to meet with so many people and to teach them how to work safely. Here are a few pictures from a couple of the different events. dave pic 2 dave pic

These pictures are from the Pacific Coast Safety Fest at CSU Dominguez Hills.

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We held a community ladder safety training at the Little Giant headquarters and invited local businesses.

Helping Employees Be Safe

HyperLiteSumo M28 Climb2Helping employees be safe is why we come to work each day. We want you and each one of your employees to return home safely, but how can we do that?

When it comes to ladders, the key is to practice good ladder safety. Here are a couple of reminders for you:

  1. Always maintain three points of contact
  2. Use your ladder on level ground or with levelers
  3. Choose the right ladder for the job.

These are just a couple of tips to help you get your work done safely. What are you doing to be safe on your ladder?

Ideas for YOU During Ladder Safety Month

100Are you wondering what to do to help during Ladder Safety Month? Here are a couple of ideas:

Here are just a few ideas to get you going:


  • Promote National Ladder Safety Month with weekly ladder safety-centered blog posts to bring awareness.
  • Send weekly internal company memo / eblasts on ladder safety to employees.
  • Include National Ladder Safety Month in employee/customer newsletter.
  • Invite a ladder safety expert to conduct a live ladder safety training to every person in your company.
  • Hold a contest within your company for the best ideas to promote ladder safety across the entire organization.
  • Issue a press release on how your company is promoting Ladder Safety Month and what changes you will make to keep your people safe while using ladders.
  • Hold your own ladder safety “standdown” during the first week of Ladder Safety Month.
  • With your employees or members, attend a live Ladder Safety Webinar during the month of March. Several highly respected publications will be holding at least one Ladder Safety webinar during Ladder Safety Month, including Occupational Health & Safety, ISHN, and Safety + Health
  • Conduct ladder safety inspections on all of your ladders during National Ladder Safety Month. You can use the Ladder Inspection Checklist provided here. Remove from service and properly destroy any ladders that do not pass inspection.
  • Share ALI and other ladder safety content daily on your social media outlets.
    • Share stories, videos and images of ladder safety fails
    • Share links to ladder accident-related stories and news releases
    • Share statistics on ladder safety incidence and costs
    • Share stories of real people who have been affected by ladder accidents: these appear in the news several times a week. Several of the blogs mentioned above also publish these stories.
  • Offer incentives to all in your organization who complete online ladder safety training at during the month of March.


The Most Common Work Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Today, we have a guest post from Dixie Somers, a freelance writer:

An estimated 8.5 million work-related injuries occurs each year in the United States, and these add up to $192 billion in costs to the economy. Many of these injuries can be prevented, but it takes continuous attention to workplace safety to ensure that everyday hazards are eliminated. Here are a few of the most common work injuries and step business owners can take to minimize these incidents.

Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are among the most common work-related injuries. These problems are often a result of liquids spilled on the floor, clutter in work areas and improper storage of tools and work materials. Business owners and supervisors should institute ongoing efforts to provide well-organized work areas with sufficient storage space to keep employees safe and productive.

Ladder Accidents

Falling from ladders is a common work-related injury. Ladders carry a high potential for injury, which may result from failure to inspect the equipment, high winds, improper position or attempting to carry loads while climbing. The American Ladder Institute sets out a number of guidelines for safe ladder use, including wearing sturdy shoes when working on ladders, using the proper type of ladder and surveying the area where the ladder will be used for potential hazards.

Back Injuries

Back strains and disc injuries are a common problem that occurs when workers engage in lifting heavy items during their duties. These injuries can be avoided with proper safety training. All workers should be educated on proper lifting techniques, assist others engaged in lifting tasks and should be encouraged to use material handling equipment to prevent back injuries.

Repetitive Use Injuries

Movements that are done repeatedly throughout the workday can lead to “repetitive use injuries.” These problems may result from continuous twisting movements, lifting movements or repeated stress injuries, such as in carpal tunnel syndrome. To prevent these issues, workers should be provided with back, arm or wrist braces that can provide additional support for affected body parts. If you’re a victim of these types of injuries, you may need to speak with a worker’s compensation attorney. For more information about worker’s compensation, visit an attorney’s website and see what sort of help you can get.

Toxic Fumes

Workers may also be affected by inhalation injuries from toxic fumes used in the workplace. These compounds include paints, solvents, dusts, mists and particulates that can irritate the lungs and cause long-term damage. All employees who work in these areas should be provided with appropriate respirator masks to prevent inhalation hazards.

Reducing work injuries is an important consideration for businesses. These incidences not only impact workers, but also affect the company’s bottom line. Regular safety training can help to reduce work-related injuries and ensure a safe working environment for all employees.

Ladder Safety: Prevention by Design

HyperLiteSumo Levelers2One of the steps to preventing ladder accidents is designing safety concerns out of the ladder. Here are a couple of examples of products made safer by design:

Safety Cage

Many companies require workers to tie off to a suitable anchor point where they can work at heights with both hands. These standards can be difficult (and sometimes impossible!) to keep, so Little Giant came out with the Safety Cage and Adjustable Safety Cage. The Cages are a safe, alternative to tying off. Both Cages are made of  non-conductive, high-strength fiberglass-resin composite. The Adjustable Safety Cage is fully adjustable in one-foot increments, while the Safety Cage is a fixed size.  Operators can work in a fully enclosed working platform, allowing them to work safely and quickly with two hands while complying with industry regulations.


The most common ladder-related injury is strains and sprains from carrying and lifting heavy ladders. Now, there is a ladder that will help prevent those types of injuries. The lightest fiberglass ladder in the world is on the market. It is called the HyperLite.


Side tips from ladders cause some of the most catastrophic injuries. The SumoStance outiggers, increase side tip stability and help prevent these types of accidents from happening.

Ground Cue

A significant percentage of ladder accidents happen when the worker misses the bottom rung. The Ground Cue is available on some ladders as a bottom rung indicator with a notification the operator can both hear and feel when he or she reaches the last rung.

Ratchet Levelers

The ground isn’t always level when it’s time to work, but Ratchet Levelers adjust to uneven ground to make the ladder stable and safe.

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