A UK newspaper recently traced ladder safety over the course of 40 years. The article talks about how the focus on ladder safety has changed over the years.
The article mentions that falls are the largest single cause of deaths, with the top killer being falls from roofs, ladders and stepladders during maintenance. Ladders not secured or footed also led to a number of injuries.
Safety Over the Years
So, have ladders gotten any safer over the last forty years? Ladder injuries have not decreased significantly in the last forty years, the design of the ladder hasn’t changed much either. Well, until the last few years that is. Over the last few years, the ladder’s design has been changing to add safety to the engineering. Hopefully, these new designs will reduce ladder accidents and injuries as more and more people switch to use the safer designs.