I found this great article for preventing slips, trips and falls in the workplace. Did you know 25 percent of all reported injuries and 15% of all accidental deaths in the workplace are caused by slips, trips or falls? The statistics are crazy.
The article does talk about ways to prevent slipping and tripping. The author mentions taking precautions like cleaning up spills and putting away loose objects. But what about falls?
To prevent falls, the author mentions using ladders to reach items instead of using chairs. She also says to wear the appropriate footwear and to be aware of the environment. She doesn’t talk about ladder safety specifically, but I wish she would have.
When employees are not provided with ladder safety, it can be detrimental for both the employee and the business. Here are a few items I would add to her safety tips:
-Be aware of your surroundings. Check to make sure the ground is level and there is nothing around that could cause danger to you or the ladder. Also check for any power lines or anything else that could cause be a risk.
-Make sure you don’t lean while on the ladder. Leaning is a natural tendency, but it is also one of the leading causes of ladder accidents. Just remember that when you stand on the top of the ladder, the slightest lean on top can displace the bottom, causing the ladder to fall and the person on it to get injured.
– Going along with preventing slips, make sure the ladder has been wiped down and doesn’t have any sticky or slippery substances on the rungs.
It’s always great to find other articles that give tips for fall prevention, but I also like to add to them to make the tips more thorough.