Scott Asprey, RIBA safety educator
Ladders, we use then all the time!
Short ones, long ones, self-supporting types. We use them for picking fruit, getting on roofs and many more household chores. But are you using the right ladder for the job?
It would seem not. OSHA estimates that there are over 25,000 injuries (more than half requiring time away from a job) or deaths each year from ladder use.
So, what are some solutions to this problem?
The bottom line is that each employer must provide proper training to all employees to understand and recognize hazards related to use of ladders. Anytime someone is hurt, it’s lost time to you and to their family. And remember, that long-term it’s costlier to train and find a replacement.
*This tip column appears the third Thursday of each month. We hope it offers some specific tips to help you and your employees stay safe.