The third leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths in the workplace is falls.
Fatalities as a result of falls are surpassed only by poisoning (including deaths from drugs and medicines) and motor vehicle crashes. Surprisingly, a worker does not have to fall from great heights to suffer fatal injuries; half of the 660 fatal falls in 2014 occurred from 20 feet or lower. Almost 50,000 workers were injured badly enough to require time away from work.
A fall could change an employee’s life. Of the more than 500,000 people treated for ladder injuries each year, approximately 300 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The NSC 2014 data on falls by industry shows this hazard exists across all industries:
- Construction: 22,330 injuries, 359 deaths
- Manufacturing: 23,290 injuries, 49 deaths
- Wholesale trade: 14,360 injuries, 30 deaths
- Retail trade: 29,530 injuries, 34 deaths
- Transportation and Warehousing: 23,780 injuries, 43 deaths
- Professional and business services: 23,140 injuries, 94 deaths
- Education and health services: 51,150 injuries, 21 deaths
Government: 69,530 injuries, 41 deaths
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Enforcing Ladder Safety Regulations
While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides extensive guidelines on the proper use of ladders, right down to the types of skid-resistant materials required on rungs, not all employers follow them by failing to set up and enforce mandatory corporate safety regulations. Preventable ladder falls and injuries lead to millions of dollars each year in healthcare costs and workers compensation cases according to the American Ladder Institute (ALI). Since 2017, ALI has called on safety professionals to help reduce ladder-related injuries and deaths.
There’s also a laundry list of OSHA regulations employees are required to follow when using ladders in the workplace.
In addition, the National Safety Council always advises having someone support the bottom of the ladder. They also strongly recommend workers keep two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand on the ladder, never leaning or reaching out. It’s hard to adhere to this safety protocol when attempting to install signs or hang objects from the ceiling.
Moving a metal ladder across multiple locations as they are unwieldy, take more than one person to safely transport and are also risky as they can conduct electricity.