Choose a fiberglass ladder when working near electricity
A man in Ohio was electrocuted when his ladder came in contact with a power line. The 45-year old man was working on some apartment buildings. His ladder came in touch with the power line, tripping it and causing the power to go out. Residents called emergency personnel, but the man passed away from his injuries. OSHA came after the accident to investigate its cause.
Like we do with these stories, let’s talk about how this unfortunate accident could have been prevented.
If there is any chance you’ll be working near electricity, choose a fiberglass ladder. Fiberglass ladders don’t conduct electricity so they are safe to use near electricity. Of course, you still need to take other safety precautions, but a fiberglass ladder can help prevent these electricity-related accidents.
Our hearts go out to this man’s family. Stories like this one are truly heartbreaking.
A Kentucky man was trimming a tree when he was knocked off his ladder, falling 10-12 feet. The tree branch then landed on his chest. He ended up passing away from his injuries. After this incident, a professional tree trimming company spoke out to help people work safer by encouraging them to choose a professional tree-cutting service instead of trying to do it alone.
“You can never be too safe when it comes to tree work,” said Lee Gutterman with Limbwalker Tree Service. “There’s a degree of unpredictability, especially if you’re not trained in doing this type of thing.”
So, what are the struggles with major tree trimming? A lot of times, the person trimming will lean the ladder right against the tree, but this is just not safe. The tree branch can boomerang back, as it did in this tragic story, knocking the person off the ladder. Also, don’t trim the tree while you are actually in the tree. When trimming the tree, instead, make sure you are not in a position where the tree branch could snap back and knock you down. If you don’t have experience with trimming trees, or, if your tree is large, you may want to consider working with professionals to do the work so you don’t put your safety at work.
As an Australian couple relaxed on a cruise ship, a 40-lb toolbox came from above, landing on the husband’s chest. A man was working on a ladder above them when he lost control of the heavy toolbox dropping it onto the man relaxing below. The toolbox was full of hammers, screwdrivers and other tools needed for maintenance. At the time of the accident, the man spent time in the sick bay and suffered intense bruising on his head and chest. After the cruise, he suffered headaches and now faces PTSD, depression and anxiety related to the accident. The couple has decided to sue the cruise line.
Let’s talk about the man who had been using the ladder for a minute. According to the news story, he was shaken up after the accident and felt terrible, but, unfortunately, this accident could have been prevented. First, when using a ladder to provide maintenance, use a tool belt to carry the tools. Lugging a heavy toolbox up and down the ladder prevents the worker from maintaining three points of contact. When he gets to the top, the worker then has to find a place to keep the toolbox while he is working. In addition, when using a ladder for maintenance, it is a good precaution to rope off the area to prevent anyone from being in a dangerous fall zone.
Unfortunately, the Australian couple’s vacation was spoiled by this ladder accident. Our hearts go out to them, and we use their story as a cautionary tale for you. Remember to take necessary precautions when using your ladder to prevent a similar accident.
A man in Kansas fell from his ladder while holding a nail gun. He had been renovating a house when he slipped off the ladder, holding the nail gun. Unfortunately, his hand slipped and he pulled the trigger while he was falling, shooting a gun into this head. He was able to walk to the site of a traffic accident to request help from a police officer. The man was in critical condition.
The nail gun part of this accident is especially tragic, but we are so glad it sounds like he will be ok.
In cases like this, it is a good reminder to use your ladder safely. You will want to take precautions, especially when you are using power tools.
I’ve been on the road doing lots and lots of traveling. Here are just a few pictures of my latest adventures.
Weiser Brother Safety Days
Thanks to the Wieser Brothers for keeping people safe
Washington State Safety Days
OSHA training in Arlington