March is here! Which means it is the Third Annual Ladder Safety Month! Let’s talk for a minute about the importance of getting trained on how to use your ladder safely. You might say, “I’ve used or have seen ladders used my whole life, they can’t be that hard!” Ladders themselves are simple to use. Climb up. Do your work. Climb down.
Unfortunately, using them safely is not quite that simple, which is why we have ladder safety training. A training will teach you how to choose the best ladder for your job. It will also teach you how to safely inspect and then set up the ladder. You will also learn how to use the ladder the safe way.
In honor of Ladder Safety Month, sign up for a free Ladder Safety training!
A 70-year-old was using a ladder near his front door when his wife, who was inside at the time, heard a bang. She went outside to check on him but found him on the ground. He tried to stand up but fell back down to the ground.
The man fell about 10 feet, hitting his head on the concrete path. He was flown to a major trauma center, but the damage to his head and brain was too severe. After brain surgery, he remained on life support while they attempted to get his brain function back. Unfortunately, the attempts were not successful. He was a husband, father and grandfather.
It’s hard to know what lead to the man’s accident because nobody was there to witness it, but there is no denying it. This accident was tragic. Today, we will leave this post at that. Please remember to work safely so you aren’t one of these stories we share.
It’s Valentine’s Day, which means it’s a day for love!
Why are we talking about Valentine’s Day on a blog focused on ladder safety?
Let me tell you.
Traditionally, today is a day we use as an excuse to buy flowers, chocolates and other gifts for our loved ones. We focus on them and the good things about life. We can use today as a jumpstart to remind us of the importance of safety so we can be there for our loved ones.
Today’s post will be short, but sweet. Celebrate Valentine’s Day today by returning home to your loved ones safely today and every day.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been on the road for the last few weeks and will be on the road a lot more leading up to Ladder Safety Month in March. Here’s a quick picture from MCAA in Orlando this week. I had a great time meeting with everyone there.
Were you at any of the trainings from the last few weeks?