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Number of Ladder Accidents Each Year Infographic

Today, we have an infographic showing the number of ladder accidents, injuries and deaths per year. This infographic also shows how Little Giant Ladders helps prevent the most common ladder-related injuries. Check it out here!

Ladder Accident in the Pressroom

Emergency-signAn 25-year old employee at a newspaper in Mass fell from a ladder in the pressroom. His fall resulted in serious injuries. The ladder was attached to the side of the printing press. When the employee fell, he injured his head.  Due to privacy laws, the employee’s current health status is unknown.

For more details on the accident, visit the newspaper’s website.

We hope this man makes a full recovery. Ladder safety is important, even if the ladder is fixed. Here are a couple of ladder safety tips to help prevent accidents like this one.

  1. Follow the belt buckle rule. Regardless of the type of ladder you are using, keep your body between the rails. When you lean on a ladder, it throws off the center of gravity, making it easier for you or the ladder (non-fixed ladders) to fall.
  2. Maintain three points of contact. Maintaining three points of contact makes it less likely that you will lose your balance, especially at the top of the ladder.
  3. Keep the ladder clean. If anything slippery, wet or greasy gets on the ladder, make sure to clean it up quickly to prevent any slipping from the ladder.
  4. Choose the right footwear. Make sure your shoes have rubber soles to help you keep your footing while on the ladder.

We never like reading about these ladder accidents, especially because so many of them could be prevented. Follow these ladder safety tips to help prevent ladder accidents.

Safety Over 40 Years

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Adding safety into the ladder design is key to reducing injuries

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.

Christmas Ladder Safety

holiday safetyThe Christmas season is here again. With this time of year comes ladder risks you don’t see as much during the rest of the year. In some cases, you or your team may be helping install Christmas lights at work. Even if you don’t work with lighting as part of your job, you can use these tips at home when installing Christmas lights. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind this winter.

Beware of Slippery Surfaces

If you have waited until now to install lights, beware of the hazardous weather risks. The ground can become slick easily from ice or snow. If you need to set up a ladder when in a place that has become slick, find a way to melt the ice and snow to make the ground more stable for your ladder.

Follow the Three Foot Rule

When installing lights, make sure you remember the three foot rule. Always make sure your ladder extends three feet above the roofline. Not doing this will prevent the ladder from being stable and could cause the ladder to slip.

Remember the Correct Angles

As I’ve mentioned before, make sure you set your ladder up at the correct angle, 75.5 degrees. The correct angle will prevent the ladder from either sliding forward or slipping back.

By following these rules, you and your team can hopefully make it through the holiday season injury-free.

Trees & Ladders

I stumbled on this article about a man’s experience on a ladder. As I read, I kept thinking the article would end with the man getting injured since it seems like so many articles end that way. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the end and the man had not gotten injured. Instead, this article mainly focuses on the things he does right.

CAGE 5-9 GardenThis article is a great example of when you follow the safety guidelines, accidents can be prevented.

In the article, the author goes through the entire process of using a ladder to cut down some tree limbs damaged by a storm. Here’s what he did right:

  1. When he realized the ladder he had chosen would be too short for the job, he exchanged it for a taller ladder.
  2. Before climbing the ladder, he checked to make sure it was on level ground and that it would not tip.
  3. He also recruited his wife to be a spotter. While a spotter/assistant is not “required,” it never hurts to have another pair of eyes.
  4. He was in good health while working. He was not dizzy or otherwise impaired.
  5. He always maintained three points of contact. He actually references this part of being safe a few times. While climbing and descending, he paid close attention to this part of being safe.

Here’s what I would suggest doing differently:

I really have just one suggestion. Safety guidelines suggest not leaning the ladder against the tree you are trimming and not using an extension ladder to trim trees. While the man did almost everything correct, I would recommend using a different type of ladder when trimming trees and not leaning the ladder up against the tree.

Other than that, I think he did a great job, which all contributes to why his ladder trimming ended in success and not injury.

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