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Quick Safety Tips to Keep You Safe

With all the projects you need to accomplish, ladder safety may be the least of your concerns. We know it may not be at the top of your priorities, but with 724,000 ladder-related injuries every year, it really is better to be safe than sorry. Luckily, even if safety isn’t your first concern, it is always ours.  Safety is our priority which is why we have compiled the most important steps for you.

  1. Never set up your ladder on uneven ground. Being even a few inches off at the bottom can put you several feet off at the top. Either find even ground or use a leveler tool such as the Little Giant Leveler.
  2. Always maintain three points of contact while climbing to help you create stability.
  3. Always wear proper equipment for your workplace. Eighty-four percent of people who suffered injuries from impact to the head were not wearing a hard hat.
  4. When using an extension ladder, be far enough away from the wall to be stable. The key is to move your ladder one foot at the base for every four feet you climb up.

Using these safety tips while getting your stuff done is the best way to stay safe and accomplish your big goals.

Pest Control Technology, a publication designed for pest control companies, put together a ladder safety survey asking companies about the number of ladder-related accidents they’ve had in recent years. Here’s a screenshot of the survey results.

Based on these results, it looks like some progress has been made in the ladder safety world, but there is still work to be done.

Preventing Falls on Construction Site

I was catching up on some safety reading, and I found this great article on construction safety from Safety+Health Magazine.  First, they have an image from NIOSH.

 As we’ve talked about, falls are the leading cause of death in construction. According to NIOSH, the construction industry averages more than 310 fatal falls and 10,350 serious fall-related injuries a year. Additionally, the majority of fatal falls from scaffolds (86%), roofs (81%) and ladders (57%) occur in construction.

NIOSH has a new fact sheet to help construction employers and workers work safely to prevent falls from roofs, ladders and scaffolds.

The fact sheet has some recommendations for avoiding falls:

For working on roofs:

  • Implement a fall protection program, wear proper fall protection and undergo corresponding training.
  • Use correct anchorage for fall arrest systems.
  • Use a buddy system.
  • Monitor weather conditions when working at height.

For workers on ladders:

  • Choose the right ladder for the job.
  • Don’t overload the ladder.
  • Use the ladder on flat, level ground.
  • Face the ladder while climbing and maintain three points of contact at all times.

For workers on scaffolds:

  • Train and assign a person to supervise scaffold setup.
  • Ensure scaffolds comply with manufacturer guidelines and OSHA standards.
  • Place scaffolds on stable ground or surfaces.
  • Inspect scaffolds and scaffold parts before each use.

It Was an Accident: What to Do after a Workplace Injury

Today, we have an article about workplace accidents from Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer.

If you’re like most people, the idea of getting injured on the job is scary. In addition to lost wages and possible sky-high medical bills, who wants to deal with the logistics of a work injury?

But understanding how to do an injury report can be daunting. And if you don’t do it correctly, you could be denied worker’s compensation when you need it the most.

File an Accident Report

The first thing any employee should do after being injured on the job is to file an accident report. It’s preferred you report your injury in writing to your supervisor. In fact, several states have made it mandatory for all injury reports to be put in writing. Although verbal notice is allowed in some places, you should always report to any supervisor personnel in writing.

Seek Medical Attention

Upon filing your injury report, you should seek out medical help immediately. Even if you don’t think your injuries warrant medical attention, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Some injuries, such as back injuries and ligament tears, don’t present immediately.

In addition, the laws stated by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) allow you to choose any certified doctor to treat you. However, if you are not a federal employee, then you won’t be covered by the FECA.

File a Workers Compensation Claim

When seeking medical attention, you must tell your healthcare provider if the injury is work-related. You also need copies if the doctor records the information as well. In some cases, both employers and workers’ compensation insurance companies will deny claims when medical records don’t specifically state the injury happened at work. Play it safe and ask for duplicate copies of all medical testing and doctor’s notes.

Contact a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Navigating the process of a workers’ compensation claim can be stressful. Not to mention, there are insurance adjusters that are trained to make statements that can go against your claim. If you don’t have solid understanding of your rights, it’s best to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer. They will explain your legal rights, complete the necessary paperwork and correspond with your employer and their insurance company to ensure you’re receiving what’s owed to you.

Above all else, never take a work-related injury lightly. If you suffer injury while on the job, take the necessary steps to ensure your legal rights and your health.

Beware of Electricity

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.

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