New guide seeks to prevent one-third of fatalities from falls
A new bilingual English-Spanish booklet is available with "clear, easy to follow information about ladder hazards and using ladders safely, featuring simple illustrations and plain language writing," the booklet states. The National Occupational Research Agenda, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and OSHA have joined forces for the effort.
Falls from ladders comprise nearly one-third of the deaths from falls in construction each year and are preventable, according to the booklet. "Falls from ladders can be prevented and lives can be saved by following the safe work practices described in this booklet." The information was adapted from the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower.
Among the suggestions are:
- Wear non-slip flat shoes.
- Place the ladder on stable and level ground instead of an uneven surface.
- Ensure the ladder is fully extended.
Read more at the WorkersComp Forum homepage.
June 10, 2013
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