One of the best ways is to prevent accidents and injuries is to provide education. Without training, workers may make mistakes simply out of ignorance.

Education for At-Risk Groups

According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, men between 35 and 55 are at the highest risk for a ladder-related injury. Education for everyone is important, but, men ages 35-55 should get special focus since they are the most at-risk.

Educate

So, how do you educate this group? Some education can take place on the labels and packaging of the ladders, but this education is probably not quite enough.  The first step to educating, is finding where they are using their ladders and how they are using them.

On the Job

If the group is using the ladders at their jobs, they need to get training at work. Workers can complete online safety training, or bring in a safety professional to provide training.

At Home

If the ladders are mainly being used at home, training gets a little trickier. There are always the warning labels and instructions that come with the ladder, but those are not always super effective. One idea to help with proper training could be to coordinate with retailers like Lowe’s or Home Depot to provide training at the actual store and open the training to community members.

What are some ideas you have to help provide sufficient ladder safety training?