Falls from portable ladders are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries. During this course, you will learn how to minimize the risk of injury with proper ladder selection, inspection, and use. You will also explore how to avoid various common mistakes of ladder use. The ladder safety training module is 25 minutes. Available in Spanish (S).
- Understanding Ladder Safety
According to the CDC, “Among workers, approximately 20% of fall injuries involve ladders.” Falling from a ladder can result in injuries and even death. Most of these injuries can be prevented by following basic ladder safety guidelines.
This Ladder Safety training course will explore ladder safety guidelines that will help prevent injuries from falls during ladder use. We will discuss proper ladder selection, inspection, and use, including handling, setup, and climbing. We will also explore common mistakes of ladder use that may result in injury.
One of the leading causes of falls from ladders is using the wrong ladder for the job. Ladders come in different types and sizes to accommodate different tasks. Each ladder-type has its own guidelines for safe use.
OSHA provides standards for safe ladder use and requires manufacturers to construct ladders that comply with the standards. Proper setup is an essential element of ladder safety and varies based on the type of ladder you are using.
All commercial ladders carry a safety label that includes these and other safety standards. Labels include a duty rating or load capacity, ladder size, maximum reach, and the highest standing level.
Proper care and handling of a ladder may prevent injuries for both you and your residents. Proper handling, setup, and use can eliminate or substantially reduce the risk of injury.