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National Safety Stand-Down Week: Fall Protection

Fall Protection

In observance of National Safety Stand-Down week and continuing with our efforts in enhancing safety throughout our daily activities and culture, please find below information regarding our first safety topic.

Fall prevention may be handled in a number of ways:

Safe Ladder Climbing Practices

Workers who use extension ladders risk permanent injury or death from falls or electrocutions. These hazards can be substantially reduced and even eliminated by following good safety practices.

What is an extension ladder?

Also known as “portable ladders”, extension ladders usually have two sections that operate in brackets or guides allowing for adjustable lengths. Extension ladders are not self-supporting and therefor require a stable structure that can withstand the intended load. 

As simple as it may seem to use a ladder, many disabling injuries occur each year due to improper use of ladders. Here are some tips to prevent ladder injuries:

  • Look overhead before placing a ladder, with special attention to power lines and other electrical hazards.
  • Use ladders made of non-conductive material
  • Set up the ladder on the ground, floor or other stable and level surface
  • Climb down and move up the ladder to get proper access to the work area
  • Climb all ladders facing the rungs
  • Use a bucket or other means to lift objects to the work area

Ladder Smartphone Application (APP)

The National Institute of Occupational and Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released its first smart phone application (app) for mobile devices. This free app is aimed at improving extension ladder safety by providing real-time safety information delivered via the latest technology. Misjudging the ladder angle is a significant risk factor for a fall. If the ladder is set too steeply, it is more likely to fall back or slide away during use, and if it is set too shallow then the bottom can slide out. The NIOSH Ladder Safety phone app has an angle of inclination indicator which uses visual and audible signals making it easier for workers and other users to set an extension ladder at the proper angle of 75.5 degrees. The app can help workers prevent falls and is also a tool for employers who want to ensure a safe workplace.

Learn more about the app at: https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2013/08/27/ladder-safety/

christopher consultants has an extensive corporate safety program that provides personal protection equipment to all field personnel. This program is overseen by Mr. Federico Tersoglio who works with the staff to ensure understanding and implementation of all safety procedures. In addition, Federico routinely produces “Safety Matters” content to educate employees and clients on relevant safety topics. Read more safety matters and stay safe on the job!