A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on ladder safety released statistics on the number and seriousness of ladder-related accidents in the United States. Every year, thousands of people are injured and hundreds are killed.

Ladder Accident Statistics

  • More than 90,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries every year
  • Elevated falls account for almost 700 occupational deaths annually
  • These deaths account for 15% of all occupational deaths
  • OSHA believes 100% of all ladder accidents could be prevented if proper attention to equipment and climber training were provided
  • Over the last 10 years the amount of ladder-related injuries has increased 50%
  • According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50% of all ladder-related accidents were due to individuals carrying items as they climbed

 

These statistics are staggering and a good reminder for why we need to keep teaching about ladder safety.