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Autumn Ladder Safety

With winter just around the corner, autumn is the time of year for the ladders to come out and the projects to get done. With the increase in ladder use, there is also an increase in ladder accidents. As we move into this ladder season, here are a few things we should remember before we climb:

Inspect Your Ladder

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, this one might sound familiar, but it does remain true. Every single time you use a ladder, make sure you inspect it be sure it is safe to use. Check all of the welding and riveting. Also, check the ladder’s feet to make sure they can still grip. Make sure the rails and rungs are secure and have not been bent or otherwise damaged.

Use at the Correct Angle

Before climbing, make sure you have set up your ladder at the correct angle. If you have a hard time visualizing, you can download the NIOSH app. You just put our phone on the ladder and the app tells you whether or not your ladder is at the correct angle.

Make Sure the Ground is Even

One of the challenges of doing work outside is the ground is rarely even. If you find yourself working on unleveled ground, you can dig out one side of the ground so it is level with the ground. A better option is to get some sort of leg leveler to make each side level with the other.

Inclement Weather

Another challenge of working on a ladder in autumn is the issue of bad weather. Make sure you postpone your projects if it is rainy or wet outside. Wet weather makes the ladder slippery and an accident more likely.

Hopefully you will find these tips helpful for keeping you safe as you work outside this fall.

 

An Accident in India

IMG_0662This story comes from India where an airport worker fell from a ladder used to get into the airplane’s cargo area.

The man worked from Sri Lankan Airways and suffered a left hand fracture and head and neck trauma.

According to a source at the airport, “The accident appears to be a freak accident as loaders and ground staff frequently climb up these ladders with little injuy to show for it.”

That statement embodies a mindset that must be changed.

The spokesperson seemed to think that just because dangerous accidents happen rarely, there is no need to look into the cause of this particular accident. He also does not see a need for further ladder safety training.

In my mind, even if there is one accident like this one, there is a need for ladder safety training. What happened to the worker should be investigated and then the safety officers can find out where the training is lacking and make proper adjustments.

If all safety procedures are followed, accidents like the one from the article don’t really happen. Remember that one accident is reason enough to do more investigating. While this story did take place in India, and they do have different safety regulations, we can learn from the mistake.

Career and Hobby-Ending injury

This week, I found an article talking about a ladder accident and injury that happened in June. While technically “old news” the man from the article is still dealing with the effects of his accident.

The story

Troy Mandaloniz, a well-known MMA fighter, was working at his day job in property maintenance. He was working to remove a bird’s nest from the front porch of the property when he suddenly fell 18 feet to the ground. He used his arm to break the fall, and then got up to find someone to help him.

Mandaloniz had been in shock when he was looking for help, but on the way to the hospital, the trauma set in. He started having a seizure in the car, so the driver got him to a fire station where they sent him in an ambulance to the hospital. From there, he was sent on a Life Flight to a larger hospital. At the hospital, they put him in a medically induced coma where he basically stayed for the next two months.

The Injuries

From the fall, Mandaloniz suffered severe injury. He had bleeding on his brain and fractures to his forehead, cheekbone and nose. He had two snapped ribs and a broken knee cap. Because he had slightly softened the fall with his arm, his arm and hand are completely bent and broken. It really is a miracle that he survived the fall. Now out of the coma, Mandaloniz is relearning most things. He will not be able to work at his job nor will he be able to fight again.

Prevention

When it comes to ladder safety, prevention is key. It’s sad to say, but Mandaloniz’ mistake was made before he even climbed the ladder. The first thing he did was choose the wrong type of ladder. According to the article, he chose a tripod ladder, a ladder meant for work in orchards, not as an all-purpose ladder. If he would have chosen a tall stepladder, this accident probably would have never happened.

Why are tripod ladders so dangerous?

There are a number of issues with this type of ladders. They are particularly unstable because the tripod pole can be easily overextended or moved. According to OSHA, orchard ladders the ladder side rails and tripod pole should slightly penetrate the ground to make the ladder more stable. In addition, tripod ladders do not have any sort of locker or spreader bars to keep the moving pieces stable. All of these facts show you why unless you wok at an orchard, you really shouldn’t be using this kind of ladder.

We hope Troy Mandaloniz is able to make the most of his situation and recover as quickly as possible. Let us learn from his mistakes and avoid making the same ones.

Startling Ladder Facts

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This is not ladder safety

We often talk about the statistics surrounding ladder injuries. Here are some more ladder facts to think about:

-Of all the fatal work-related falls, nearly two fifths involved falls from ladders or roofs.

-Every year, approximately 70 construction workers die in falls from ladders.

-More than 4,000 are injured so seriously they miss work.

-Twice as many falls occur stepping or climbing down compared to going up ladders.

Sometimes it is a good exercise to look at these statistics and be reminded of the importance of safety. Let us each do our part to lower these statistics and help someone’s father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife or friend return home safely.

Remember basic ladder safety:

-Wear the proper footwear

-Inspect your ladder before climbing

-Use your ladder on even ground

-Set up your ladder at the correct angle

-Maintain three points of contact

When it comes to ladder safety, doing the little things helps make you safe in the long run. If you see someone who isn’t following these tips, don’t be afraid to remind them of the safety guidelines. Hopefully you can take these tips and be a little safer the next time you are on a ladder.

Ladder Safety in Construction

Darkhorse 17 Stairs 8_1Construction is one of the more dangerous industries to work in. With all the safety concerns, I thought I would do a ladder safety post specifically for those who want more information about ladder safety in construction.

Obviously, all the regular rules we talk about are still key. Inspect the ladder. Maintain three points of contact. Etc. Having said that, there are a few of the “basic rules” that become a little more important.

Use the Right Ladder for the Job

Especially in construction, there are numerous types of ladders available. Make sure you choose one that is designed for the task at hand. Choose a ladder that is the correct height. There are few things worse than climbing on the top rung or top cap because you should have selected a taller ladder. Along those same lines, make sure the ladder you choose is the best option for your project. Don’t choose a stepladder when you should have chosen an extension ladder. The opposite is also true.

Follow Tie-Off Rules

Make sure you are familiar with the guidelines for working at heights. Make sure you are following all the tie off rules. If you have one accessible to you, the Aerial Safety Cage is a great option and in compliance with all tie-off regulations. These rules are in place to help you be safer and more secure and to prevent injuries in the case of a slip or fall.

Use the Ladder on Even, Solid Ground

Another common issue for ladder safety in construction is uneven ground. Make sure you don’t put a ladder on the ground when it’s uneven. To level the ground, you have a few choices. You can dig out the uneven side to make it level. You can attach levelers to the ladder. Or, you can use a ladder that has integrated levelers like the Ratchet Levelers.

Working at height when on a construction site can be dangerous, but hopefully these tips will help you and your team work a little safer.

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