Although one of the most common tools used on a construction site, in a warehouse, or in a shop, if improperly used, step ladders can lead to serious injuries or even fatal incidents.
A research study found that ladders are involved in 20 percent of fall injuries among all workers, and 81 percent of construction-worker fall injuries.
Any worker or homeowner using a step ladder should always remember to only use the ladder as intended and follow all of the manufacturer's warnings for the specific type of ladder being used.
OSHA Standard 1926.1060(a) states that the employer shall provide a training program for each employee using ladders and stairways, as necessary… to recognize hazards related to ladders and stairways...
If step ladders are being used in your workplace, the following important points should be a part of the safety meeting discussion on ladder safety.
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