According to OSHA, nearly 25,000 construction workers are injured every year after falling off ladders or stairways. As one of the most common construction hazards, preventing these types of falls is essential to protecting your employees’ health and safety.
Whenever a project requires a ladder, OSHA recommends visually inspecting it before getting started. Inspectors should look out for structural damage on side rails and steps, as well as dirt or grease that could cause someone to slip. If the ladder is damaged in any way, mark it for repair or replacement immediately.
Once a ladder has been approved for use, it must be used safely. Never place more weight on a ladder than it’s designed to support. Remember, this includes not just the user’s weight , but any tools or materials it may be supporting as well.
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