OSHA Sounds Alarm on Ladder Falls; Symposium Will Address Safety Steps

The next time you see someone working on a ladder–at a home, or on overhead electrical lines, or wherever–consider the dangers involved to the worker.

About 300 people die each year in the United States in falls from ladders, and many of them are on the job when it happens, according to a blog post yesterday by Jack A. Rector, the Fort Worth area office director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The post includes a pictorial representation of safe step ladder use and some very heartbreaking stories of worker who died from ladder falls.

It also advertises a upcoming symposium by University of Texas at Arlington’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center on March 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT. The event is being held in conjunction with the American Ladder Institute, which designated March as National Ladder Safety Month.

The symposium will address three simple steps that can help prevent falls from ladders:

  • Plan ahead to get the job done safely.
  • Provide the right ladder for the job with proper load capacity.
  • Train workers to use ladders safely

Persons who can’t attend the symposium can participate remotely to obtain information on preventing fatal falls from ladders and ensuring that workers return home safe at the end of every day.

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