Fail Friday

We haven’t had a Fail Friday on the blog in awhile, so I thought I would share this picture with you. Noth only is this guy standing on the top cap of the ladder, but he has his ladder stacked on buckets to get more height. This set up would be dangerous on any ladder, but the height of the stepladder makes is especially risky. If he or his ladder were to lose balance, he would get severely injured.

Practice ladder safety. Use the right size ladder for the job. If you need a taller ladder, than get one!


Tips for Avoiding Trips, Slips, and Falls in the Workplace

downloadToday, we have a guest article from Zachary O’Dell from SafetyLine Lone Worker.


When people think about dangers in the workplace, they often underestimate the impact of trips, slips, and falls. Not only are these accidents a major cause of injuries leading to missed work, but they can also be deadly. According to OSHA, slips trips and falls are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities, resulting in 15% of all accidental deaths.

Read below for tips that will help you avoid trips, slips, and falls in your workplace.

Wear proper footwear

Be sure to use the right shoes for your working environment. Many varieties of slip resistant shoes are available, and an easy way to make shoes less slippery is by scuffing the soles before using them. This can be done by rubbing the soles on concrete or by using a knife to score them.

Find the correct tool for the situation

If you need to grab something out of reach, take the time to find a proper step stool or ladder. Many chairs are not designed to withstand the weight of someone standing directly on them, and they could break. Standing on folding chairs can cause them to collapse, and swivel office chair can slide out from underneath you.

Clean spills and messes before they become slipping hazards

Keep work spaces clean to avoid slipping and tripping hazards. Pick up any fallen objects from the floor, and quickly wipe up spills to avoid slips.

Ensure walkways and paths are clear when moving objects

When you need to move a large object, clear a path beforehand. Shuffling around other object while carrying a load can result in a fall due to decreased mobility and visibility.

Follow proper safety procedures when using ladders

When climbing a ladder, you should always be facing the ladder and ensure you maintain three points of contact at any given point.  Finally make sure you only have one person on a ladder at a time, more then one person can make it unstable.

Let people know when you’re moving

People in a shared workspace can be a tripping hazard to each other, so it’s important to let others know when you’re moving behind them. When opening doors into spaces, it’s a good practice to give warning.

Be sure to keep these safety tips in mind the next time you’re moving around your work space. Most importantly, make sure everyone else in your workplace is also aware of these practices and potential hazards. The more people that know how to avoid slips, trips, and falls in a workplace, the safer that workplace will be.

Why a Stand-Down?

IMG_1762_01With all this talk about the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, you may be wondering, what is the benefit to the Stand-Down?

OH&S Magazine had an article focusing on just that.

According to the article, falls are still a leading cause of deaths in construction. During 2016, there were 370 fatalities related to falls out of 991 total fatalities in U.S. construction.

The goal of the Stand-Down is to prevent accidents and fatalities caused by falls.

OSHA and the Department of Labor recommend a three step process to preventing workplace accidents:

  • PLAN ahead to get the job done safely;
  • PROVIDE the right equipment; and
  • TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely

The Stand-Down focuses on the third step of the process.

“The Stand-Down is not limited only to construction industry trades,” Dean McKenzie, director of OSHA’s Directorate of Construction, and Christine M. Branche, Ph.D., FACE, principal associate director of NIOSH and director of its Office of Construction Safety and Health, said in an email. “In fact, due to valuable information gathered from your participation in previous National Stand-Downs, we have found that many stakeholders within the construction industry as well as general industry and governmental entities join us in this event each year. Each year, large corporations and small companies have joined us to make this effort a success. If your employees work at height or are exposed to falls, you have a vested interest in standing down your operations to emphasize fall protection or other safety-related topics.”

Having proper training can help prevent workplace falls and the Stand-Down is part of that training.

National Stand-Down

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This week is the National Stand-Down, and I will be providing safety training in Boise and Des Moines. I will also be holding a webinar talking about ladder safety innovation.

If you’d like to register, visit

This week is a great opportunity to take a few minutes with your team to train them on preventing falls, including falls from ladders.

What is your company doing for the National Stand-Down?


I just wanted to give you a little update on my recent travels.


This picture is from a safety conference I spoke at last month in Illinois.

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These pictures are from this week. I spoke at a Shur Sales event in Salt Lake City.

This week I was also in Denver, and next week I’ll be in Boise and Des Moines doing training there.

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