The most recent ladder accident I read about involved a man who got injured working on a bad ladder. The worker initially went to the jobsite and found a damaged ladder He reported the ladder to his supervisor, who sent him home. After about a week, he returned to the job site and used a ladder that appeared safe. It turns out, the ladder had a cracked spreader bar, so when the worker climbed it, he fell eight feet to the concrete floor.
What should we learn from this accident?
Inspect, Inspect, Inspect
The worker did an initial inspection on the ladders. The first time, he caught damage, but the second time, his inspection did not catch a major issue. Inspections are incredibly important. It is crucial to check every piece of the ladder to make sure it’s in working order. The rungs, the rails, the welding, and the spreader bars. Each piece of the ladder needs to be in tip-top shape before climbing. If any part of the ladder is damaged in any way, the ladder should be taken out of service.
Pay Attention to the Ladders
As the safety officer, it is important to pay attention to the ladders on a job site, and take damages one out of service. From the article, it sounds like the person in charge of taking out damaged ladders drug his feet whenever one was reported, almost like he didn’t want to be accountable for the damaged ladder. Instead, he is now facing charges from the injured man. Make sure as the safety officer, make sure to practice what you preach and be willing to always put your team’s safety above convenience.