A man got injured working on a bad ladder. He had initially found a damaged ladder on a job site and reported it to his supervisor. The supervisor sent him home. The worker remained home for about a week before returning to work. He used a ladder that appeared safe, but the ladder had a cracked spreader bar, making it not safe to use. Unfortunately, when the worker climbed it, the ladder failed and he fell eight feet to the concrete floor.

Learning from the Accident

Here are a few lessons we can learn from this unfortunate accident.

Inspect, Inspect, Inspect

The worker did an initial inspection on the ladders before he was sent home from the job site. The first time, he caught damage, but the second time, he missed a few things in the inspection. Every time you use a ladder, look over all aspects of the ladder. Every part of the ladder should be in tip-top shape before you use the ladder. If any part of the ladder is damaged in any way, the ladder should be taken out of service.

Be Alert and Aware

As the safety officer, it is your job to know about the condition of the ladders on the job site and take damaged ones out of service. The article makes it sounds like the man who would have been monitoring the ladders, actually drug his feet every time there was a red flag during the inspection. From the article, it sounds like the person in charge of taking out damaged ladders drug his feet. Instead, in part, because he did not do his job adequately, he is now facing charges from the injured man. Practice what you preach and be willing to put your team’s safety above convenience.