According to WorkSafeBC between 2012 and 2016 six workers have died in B.C due to ladder falls. In 2016 more than 1000 workers were seriously injured in the lower mainland in falls from height whilst using step ladders,xtension ladders and scaffolding. Even though ladders are ‘familiar’ equipment – this highlights that a fall, even from a low height, can result in serious injuries. The sector with the highest number of accepted injury claims from ladder falls is construction, but a closer look at industry classes reveals that it is also a concern in many other industry areas, which is why it is important to protect your workers.
At EnviroSafety we believe the correct prevention for fall hazards is the right training.
Check out some of our tips for safe ladder use;
- Always inspect ladders prior to use.
- Be sure that the ladder’s feet are in working order, and have slip resistant bottoms.
- Never set up a ladder on uneven ground.
- Use three points of contact at all times.
- Do not ever stand on the top step or rung of a ladder.
- Never carry a load that may cause unbalance.
- Do not reach, stretch or lean. If the need exists, then the ladder needs to be moved.
- Avoid setting up ladders in areas of high vehicular or pedestrian traffic, or by doorways.
EnviroSafety ladder awareness training (2 hours) enables workers to obtain the necessary skills to prevent injury. Our ladder training combines both theory and hands on teaching using current and approved equipment.
Topics covered include ladder selection, inspection, set-up and use. We can provide ladder safety training on your site or at our facility in Burnaby for groups with a minimum of 7 people.
You can register online or call us – 604-298-7777