DIY Job Gone Bad

A 70-year-old was using a ladder near his front door when his wife, who was inside at the time, heard a bang. She went outside to check on him but found him on the ground. He tried to stand up but fell back down to the ground.

The man fell about 10 feet, hitting his head on the concrete path. He was flown to a major trauma center, but the damage to his head and brain was too severe. After brain surgery, he remained on life support while they attempted to get his brain function back. Unfortunately, the attempts were not successful. He was a husband, father and grandfather.

It’s hard to know what lead to the man’s accident because nobody was there to witness it, but there is no denying it. This accident was tragic. Today, we will leave this post at that. Please remember to work safely so you aren’t one of these stories we share.

The Day of Love: be safe for loved ones

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means it’s a day for love!

Why are we talking about Valentine’s Day on a blog focused on ladder safety?

Let me tell you.

Traditionally, today is a day we use as an excuse to buy flowers, chocolates and other gifts for our loved ones. We focus on them and the good things about life. We can use today as a jumpstart to remind us of the importance of safety so we can be there for our loved ones.

Today’s post will be short, but sweet. Celebrate Valentine’s Day today by returning home to your loved ones safely today and every day.

Accident in Malta

A man was working in a warehouse in Qormi, Malta when he fell, getting seriously injured. What could have caused this accident? Let’s go over a couple of potential reasons for the accident and how to prevent them.

Tying Off

Some industries require workers standing above two or three feet to tie off. When tied off properly, a worker’s fall can be prevented. The Cage ladder line is also designed to comply with tie-off rules and to prevent falls.

Overreaching

Over reaching is one of the most common causes of ladder-related accidents and is actually easy to prevent. Follow the belt buckle rule and keep your body between the rungs.

Using the Wrong Ladder for the Job

Using the wrong size or wrong type of ladder for a job is sure to cause an accident. Choose a ladder that is tall enough for the job at hand to prevent an unnecessary accident.

Travel updates

I’ve been on the road for the last few weeks and will be on the road a lot more leading up to Ladder Safety Month in March. Here’s a quick picture from MCAA in Orlando this week. I had a great time meeting with everyone there.

Were you at any of the trainings from the last few weeks?

Fall Protection and Ladder Accident

A North Carolina city worker was climbing the ladder on a 210-foot tall water tower when her harness failed and she fell. She did not fall all way to the ground, but she did pass away as a result of the fall. The accident is currently under investigation, but the employee’s job title “Admin Support” so it is initially unclear why she was on the water tower’s ladder.

What Can Be Learned

If her job didn’t directly have to do with ladders, she probably did not receive the necessary training to use them safely. In addition, it sounds like her fall protection failed. Whenever an employee is climbing a ladder, make sure he or she gets the necessary training. Also, always inspect all equipment and make sure those using the ladder have the proper clothing and footwear. The time to make sure the fall protection equipment is safe to use is when everyone is safely on the ground, not when someone is 100+ feet in the air. In addition, make sure the equipment has been put on and set up the correct way. If the harness isn’t on correctly, it will not do its job.

As far as inspection, fixed ladders receive a little bit different inspection process than portable ladders, but make sure the fixed ladders are in good condition and are safe for workers to climb them.

This tragic story is a reminder to always make sure those using ladders are trained and that all equipment has been inspected.

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