The American Ladder Institute designated March as Ladder Safety Month as a way to raise safety awareness, reduce the number of OSHA violations and encourage inspections. Ladder-related accidents are to blame for more than 100 deaths and thousands of injuries every year. Employers in New York will want to know what they can do to reduce the risk for these incidents.
Construction workers are most at risk for ladder injuries, but people in many other occupations are injured in falls from ladders each year. There are several things New York workers can do to make using a ladder more secure. First, it is important to choose the right ladder for the job. Factors include whether it will be used indoors or outdoors, how high the job is and how much weight the ladder can bear.
Training in ladder safety can be important for workers in New York. From 1989 to 2005, over 2 million people went to the emergency room because of an accident involving a ladder. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, around two-thirds of ladder accidents are caused by employees who are not adequately trained in ladder safety.
Ladders can be effective tools when attempting to get work done on a New York job site. However, it is important that they are used safely. In some cases, it may be better to use another tool. Consider using another tool if the ladder cannot be stood on properly or if an individual will need to work at a high elevation for an extended period of time.
When a business faces a deadly problem, common sense says that it would quickly find a way to keep its workers safe. However, the construction industry has not yet achieved this feat.