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I just wanted to give you a little update on my recent travels.


This picture is from a safety conference I spoke at last month in Illinois.

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These pictures are from this week. I spoke at a Shur Sales event in Salt Lake City.

This week I was also in Denver, and next week I’ll be in Boise and Des Moines doing training there.

Wind and Your Ladder

HyperLiteSumo M24 Carry4We haven’t had a news story blog post for awhile. Just this week, I read an article about a man in Texas who was on a ladder during a wind storm. He fell from his ladder, falling to the ground 25 feet below. He passed away from his injuries. Police are still investigating the accident, but winds were 20+ mph that day.

We often talk about basic ladder safety, and we rarely focus on another aspect of safety, the weather conditions. This tragic story is a perfect illustration of why paying attention to weather while on a ladder is so important. In cases of high winds, take a break from your ladder. Your life is not worth finishing the job quickly.

If it is raining or snowing, leave the task for another day. The moisture can leave your ladder slippery, making it hard to keep your footing. Even worse, the ground could be slick, making it hard for your ladder to stay in place.

In case of bad weather, including high winds, rain or snow, play it safe and avoid a tragic accident by waiting to climb your ladder.

Preparing for the Stand-Down

OSHA-posterThe following information was taken from OSHA’s website  with information for the Stand-Down that starts on May 7th.

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

A Safety Stand-Down is an event for employers to talk to employees about safety. On this blog, we usually refer to it as a safety training. A Stand-Down covers focuses “Fall Hazards” and the importance of “Fall Prevention”. If your employees don’t face fall hazards, you can use this opportunity to talk about job hazards and the company’s safety policies and goals.

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who wants to prevent hazards in the workplace can participate in the Stand-Down. According to Stand-Down’s website, past participants have included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, sub- and independent contractors, highway construction companies, general industry employers, the U.S. Military, other government participants, unions, employer’s trade associations, institutes, employee interest organizations and safety equipment manufacturers.

How to Conduct a Safety Stand-Down

Companies can hold a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk.  Inspections, developing rescue plans or discussing job specific hazards all count as a stand-down as well. Visit Suggestions to Prepare for a Successful “Stand-Down” and Highlights from the Past Stand-Downs from the Stand-Down website. OSHA also has an Events page for training events that are free and open to the public to help you find stand-down events in your area.

Certificate of Participation

You can provide feedback about the Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation following the Stand-Down.

Share Your Story

If you want to share information with OSHA on your Safety Stand-Down, Fall Prevention Programs or suggestions on improving future initiatives, you can email to You can also share your Stand-Down story on social media, with the hashtag: #StandDown4Safety.

You can submit any free, public events you are hosting to OSHA’s Events page.

Resources from the ALI

100I just wanted to share the ALI’s news release for Ladder Safety Month. It is full of great resources to help you learn more about ladder safety. Some of the resources the ALI made available as part of Ladder Safety Month last month are:

Ladder safety training

Ladder safety checklist

Ladders 101 web page and posters.

A member of the ALI board, Ronald Schwartz from TRI-ARC Manufacturing said,  “This month is great, not only because of the important information that is discussed, but also because it draws attention to free resources that ALI provides year round. Which I think is appropriate, because ladder safety is always important.”

While Ladder Safety Month was last month, ladder safety is important year-round.

When Equipment Fails

13497802_10154292786091252_4000736165179755424_oI just read this great article from OH&S Magazine about how there is more to preventing accidents than just using equipment, since equipment can sometimes fail. The article then explains other steps to take to prevent accidents.

The first recommendation is to have training. The training can include: the nature of fall hazards in the work area(s); procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling and inspecting fall protection systems; use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, safety monitoring systems, controlled access zones, and other protection. The training can also include the employee’s role with each set of equipment. Training has been proven to prevent accidents and help employees be safer.

The next recommendation is to enforce the training. If you train employees but don’t do anything to enforce the training, you are not having a safe environment. Challenges may arise, especially if you are making policy changes that require enforcement, but, as you remain consistent, the overall attitude will shift and your workplace culture will become more safe.

The final recommendation is to evaluate your policy regularly. Look at what is working and what could be improved. Make regular adjustments as necessary.


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