Ladders that are set up too steep may fall back or away from the structure while a shallow setting may cause the bottom to slide. A new smartphone app provides visual and audio signals so workers using extension ladders can check the angle of the ladder's position. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has also included tips for using these ladders more safely.
"The ladder safety app is an innovative way to help keep workers safe and a tool to reduce these preventable injuries," said NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard. "The development of this smartphone app also demonstrates how we are constantly working to make science-based practical information accessible to workers and employers in a way they need and can easily use."
Workers using the app will get feedback to help them position the extension ladder at the best angle. They will also have access to references and a safety guide for extension ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing, and use.
NIOSH worked with DSFederal, a Maryland-based consulting firm, to develop and test the app, using input from the American National Standards Institute A14 committee on ladder safety, along with the American Ladder Institute and other stakeholders. The app is "based on a multimodal inclination indicator for ladder positioning that has been recently awarded a U.S. patent," according to NIOSH.
By Nancy Grover
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August 26, 2013
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