The American Ladder Institute is a great safety resource for anyone who uses ladders. Their website has plenty of great information, including ladder safety training and certification. In addition to all the great content on their site, the ALI also posts great information across their social media pages. Here’s one post from their Twitter:
“Spring often comes with inclement weather, making ladder safety extra important this time of year. When using a ladder, make sure to always:
– wear slip-resistant shoes
– avoid setting up your ladder on slippery ground
– refrain from using ladders in cases of high winds or storms”
Little Giant Ladders made a special announcement today at the National Safety Council & Expo in Houston, and I wanted to make sure I shared it with you.
The King Kombo, the ladder set to kill the traditional stepladder, is constructed of nonconductive, high-strength, lightweight fiberglass and is a fully articulating combination ladder. It is a true 3-in-1 ladder—the only one of its kind. Even though it is cost-competitive with an ordinary stepladder, the King Kombo works as a 375 lb-rated stepladder, a wide-base extension ladder, and a lean-to ladder, that also serves as an attic-access ladder and a lightweight, versatile framing ladder.
Its straight side allows operators to access tight workspaces between wall studs or ceiling trusses and roof or attic access ports. The King Kombo meets or exceeds all OSHA and ANSI Type IAA 375-lbs standards for combination, extension and A-frame stepladders.
If you’re in Houston for NSC, stop by booth #1635 to see the ladder in person and to visit me and the rest of the Little Giant team. We’ll be here until the end of the show on Wednesday!
Fall Prevention Awareness Week is going on now!
This week is designed to bring awareness to prevent the elderly from falling. While the campaign focuses on preventing the elderly from any type of fall, preventing the elderly from ladder falls is also important. According to an article by the National Library of Medicine, the older population is particularly at-risk for ladder-related accidents and injuries.
“Although they fell from lower heights, the elderly sustained different and more severe injury patterns” said the article. “Ladder safety education should be particularly tailored at the elderly.”
According to stopfalls.org, falls are the number one cause of injury, hospital visits due to trauma, and death from an injury among people age 65 and older, making it an important health issue to focus on.
Many different factors such as improper footwear, chronic diseases or medications can increase the risk of falling and are important to consider before climbing a ladder.
To encourage ladder safety and to help prevent ladder-related falls for this at-risk population, you can plan a ladder-safety training specifically for them.
You can talk about some of the risks the elderly face and how to handle them to prevent ladder accidents.
For more information on preventing all types of falls, visit stopfalls.org.
With 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.
The following information was taken from OSHA’s website with information for the Stand-Down that starts on May 7th.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is an event for employers to talk to employees about safety. On this blog, we usually refer to it as a safety training. A Stand-Down covers focuses “Fall Hazards” and the importance of “Fall Prevention”. If your employees don’t face fall hazards, you can use this opportunity to talk about job hazards and the company’s safety policies and goals.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. According to Stand-Down’s website, past participants have included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer’s trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations and safety equipment manufacturers.
How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down
Companies can hold a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk. Inspections, developing rescue plans or discussing job specific hazards all count as a stand-down as well. Visit Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful “Stand-Down” and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs from the Stand-Down website. OSHA also has an Events page for training events that are free and open to the public to help you find stand-down events in your area.
Certificate of Participation
You can provide feedback about the Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down.
Share Your Story
If you want to share information with OSHA on your Safety Stand-Down, Fall Prevention Programs or suggestions on improving future initiatives, you can email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety.
You can submit any free, public events you are hosting to OSHA’s Events page.