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Weiser Brother Safety Days

 

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Man Injured in Fall From Ladder

A man from the UK fell from his ladder and got seriously injured. The man had been working in a warehouse when he had his accident and was rushed to the hospital.

As is common with accidents like these, the news article didn’t have much information. One thing we can say for sure is that everybody can benefit from a little ladder safety training. We can’t say what caused the accident, but a ladder safety training will help employees use their ladders more safely, preventing accidents.

A ladder safety training will cover a lot of topics, including:

Inspection

Choosing the correct ladder

Setting the ladder up correctly

Using the ladder correctly

 

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.

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┬áthe 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.

Ladder Accident in Toronto

A Canadian man was at an industrial site in Toronto when he fell off his ladder and suffered numerous injuries. He later died at the scene. The accident is under investigation by the Canadian Ministry of Labour. The news site will have more information once the investigation is done, but regardless of the details, this accident is a tragedy.

These stories always get to me. This man was somebody’s father, husband, friend, son. It’s hard to know what happened to cause this accident, but regardless of the cause, the accident is tragic.

Remember the safety resources and tips we have on this blog and don’t let yourself be a victim of a ladder accident.

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