By Grainger Editorial Staff 2/10/20
It can be easy to overlook proper ladder safety rules, but complacency can lead to accidents. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 43% of fatal falls in the last decade involved a ladder, and an estimated 81% of construction workers' fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments involve a ladder, according to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN).
Failing to follow proper protocol when it comes to using ladders may result in workplace injuries and leave your company vulnerable to costly fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Ladder violations were the third-most-cited issue in 2021, with a total of 2,018 violations issued. Find more information on OSHA ladder requirements here.
To raise awareness and help prevent complacency, consider these ladder safety tips:
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