Today, I want to share a story I read a couple summers ago.

Two workers in New Jersey were on a ladder when it buckled and the two men fell. One was wearing a safety harness and was able to hang until help came. The other man was not  and fell 20 feet, hitting the ground. He was taken to the hospital, but was expected to be ok.    

Wear Your Harness

There are three main things we can learn from this story. The first is to remember to wear your safety harness and when climbing a ladder. Help your coworker by making sure your coworker is wearing his or her harness before climbing, too.

Inspect Your Ladder

It can be hard to tell what might cause a ladder to buckle. Before you climb, make sure to inspect the entire ladder. Check the ladder rails to make sure they are not damaged, and check the feet to make sure they are not too worn.

Only One Person on the Ladder

The article does not say the type of ladder the men were using or why there were two people on it. Depending on the type of ladder and the weight rating, having two men on the ladder at once could have actually caused the buckling to happen. Regardless, only one person should be on a ladder at once for weight rating reasons and general safety reasons, unless it is an articulating ladder rated for two people on each side.