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Benefits of a Platform Stepladder

In the industrial world, we talk a lot about the stereotypical, heavy-duty, industrial ladders – Extension ladders, Articulating ladders, Enclosed ladders and all the variations in these categories.

Today, let’s talk about an unsung hero, the Platform Stepladder.

Some of Little Giant’s platform stepladders include the MightyLite, the AirWing, the Xtra-Lite Plus and the Flip-N-Lite.

Here are a couple of reasons why I love this style of ladder.

  1. They are super lightweight.
  2. They have a super-small storage profile, making them easy to bring from job to job.
  3. They can be set up or taken down with one hand, and they take barely any time to do either.
  4. They are available in fiberglass, so they can be a great ladder for electricians.
  5. The platform helps you get close to your job while limited the foot fatigue that can happen when standing on narrow rungs for hours on end.

Right now, my favorite platform ladder is the MightyLite. It’s made with the same lightweight fiberglass as the HyperLite extension ladders, making it almost as lightweight as an aluminum option. The MightyLight also has all sorts of features engineered into it. The top cap’s design allows you to bring almost any tool you could imagine. There is a hook for a paint can, grooves for drills, nails, screwdrivers, even a groove to hold a fluorescent tubeThe  MightyLite also has the Ground Cue™ bottom rung indicator to let you know when you’ve reached the bottom rung.

Do you use a platform stepladder? Which one is your favorite?

Airplane Death

A pilot from New Zealand died when he fell from a ladder. He had been doing some maintenance on his property when the accident happened. The man started flying when he worked in parachute operation and then worked in tourism, where had the opportunity to use his flight skills.

This story is tragic. Our hearts go out to this man’s family, friends and all who knew him.

What could have been done to prevent this accident? The article talks a lot about his pilot history and not a lot about the actual accident, but here are just a few things we can remember so we don’t have a similar accident.

  1. Use the right height and type of ladder for the job.
  2. Keep your body between the rails.
  3. Set up your ladder on firm, level ground.
  4. Have a spotter/don’t use the ladder alone.

We don’t know for certain what caused the accident, but we do know it is tragic, and we hope to prevent similar accidents from happening to anyone else.

Stepladder Safety Tips

The Little Giant Dark Horse

Stepladders are one of the most common tools on a job site, but a lot of people continue to use stepladders incorrectly. The following are just a couple of things to remember when using a stepladder so you don’t become of the statistics we talk about here.

•Always use your stepladder on level ground
•Never overreach when using the ladder
• When you need a ladder, use an actual ladder rather than a makeshift, homemade option
• Have all four feet of the ladder are on a firm, dry, level surface
• Before you climb, clear the work area of any clutter so you can work safely
• Inspect the ladder carefully for any cracks or loose pieces
• Unless the ladder is designed to be a leaning ladder, only use the ladder in a fully open position. Always lock the side braces and cross braces before climbing
• Always wear proper footwear with good tread when climbing
• Never stand on the top cap or rung of the ladder
• Be aware of your surroundings and other people around the ladder
• Keep your body centered on the middle of the ladder.
• Do not lean to reach items while standing on the ladder
• If you need help while on the ladder, don’t be afraid to ask for help
• Avoid lifting or carrying any heavy items while climbing up or down the ladder
• For electrical work, use a ladder made out of non-conductive material
• Do not use stepladders to support work platforms

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How to Develop an Effective Safety Program for Your Company

Today we have a guest post from Jordan McDowell, a writer and content strategist. He specializes in technically-oriented B2B and B2C content for digital companies. Today, his post is on developing a safety program for your company.

Developing a program to ensure employee safety isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s the law. It starts with a commitment to safety and the willingness to be thorough in evaluating – and resolving – potential workplace hazards.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act, or OSHA, was passed in 1970 to provide just that – a safe and healthy working environment for employees with established protocol and policies to keep workers safe. Obviously, potential hazards differ greatly by profession and OSHA regulations differ by industry.

For our purposes, there are about four to five main tenets of a solid workplace safety policy: identifying workplace hazards and risks, educating employees (e.g. safety training), developing written policies and implementing them, reporting any and all incidents, and continuing to evaluate processes year-round.

Worksite Evaluation

Safety begins with a thorough inspection of your company’s premises. Anticipating dangers allows you to prevent them, so a comprehensive walkthrough and survey of your company’s worksite for potential safety violations (e.g. machinery, paint fumes, dust particles) is essential. Effective engineering and design should prevent issues, but once identified, possible hazards should be eliminated and a procedure established to address them.

Talking to employees and understanding some of the day-to-day safety hazards they’re facing is also key as they often notice things that are not obvious to their managers. Worksite inspections should be routine and conducted regularly to quickly identify and resolve issues.

Policy Development and Implementation

You (as a manager) are responsible for establishing a streamlined safety process for your employees. Safety procedures and ways to avoid injury should be written down and communicated clearly. For obvious reasons, written policies and procedures are crucial. Materials can be distributed quickly for employee education, thus avoiding the potential for any ambivalence or miscommunication about job duties and/or safety procedures.

There are a number of safety procedures for injury prevention that should be documented, including:

  • Avoidance of potential respiratory hazards and protective equipment
  • Avoidance of environmental hazards
  • Fire prevention
  • Emergency planning
  • Ear protection
  • Equipment safety
  • And of course, ladder safety.

Employee Education and Training

Once safety guidelines are written down and established, education and employee training should be implemented as soon as possible. Lack of knowledge is a big reason why accidents happen, so quick, effective training is key.

OSHA requires that all employees, especially new ones, are trained on all health and safety aspects of their jobs. New employees should be trained immediately, and all employees should be trained or re-trained as soon as potential safety hazards are discovered and documented.

At least once a year, all employees should undergo safety training and take a refresher course on basic procedure. As an example, when it comes to ladder safety, Ladder Safety Hub provides an excellent ladder safety checklist with important reminders:

  • Ladders should always remain free of slipping hazards like oil and grease
  • They should never be overloaded beyond their labeled capacity
  • Ladders should only be used on stable, level surfaces
  • Face the ladder when moving up or down to prevent falls
  • Make sure ladders have slip-resistant surfaces
  • Store ladders in safe areas away from people and/or traffic

Incident Reporting

One of the best ways to ensure employee safety is to continuously report incidents, no matter how small they might seem. Any incident should be reported immediately to ensure facts remain fresh in an employee’s mind, a cause is identified and a corrective procedure put in place.

Constant Evaluation and Goal-Setting

As mentioned above, constant evaluation of a worksite and identification of potential hazards is the key to keeping employees safe. Annual safety training should be a rule, not an exception. Goals should be set annually to surpass the previous year’s safety evaluation; this is done through thorough training and employee education.

 

 

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