March is Ladder Safety MonthMarch 15, 2019
Employers are responsible for providing safe work environments, ensuring that all equipment is in good working order, and that workers are properly trained on how to use the equipment needed to do their job. Ladders are used at virtually every construction site. But if they are used incorrectly, or they are in need of being repaired or replaced, workers are at risk of being seriously injured.
March is National Ladder Safety Month, which focuses on key safety themes throughout the month in an effort to raise awareness of ladder safety and prevention of serious injuries.
This year, the National Ladder Safety Month will focus on the following five themes:
- What is Ladder Safety? (February 24 – March 2)
- Ladder Safety Training and Year Round Partners (March 3 – 9)
- Ladder Safety at Work (March 10 – 16)
- Ladder Safety at Home (March 17 – 23)
- Ladder Inspection and Disposal (March 24 – 30)
Top Ladder Safety Tips
Ladder Safety Month may take place in March, but it is important to keep the following safety tips in mind all year:
- Make sure the ladder is clean and dry before using.
- Check the ladder to make sure there are no damaged parts, including rungs, side rails, hardware, ropes, or pulleys. Do not use if you believe the ladder is defective.
- Never set up a ladder on an uneven surface. Use a manufacturer-approved leveler to ensure that the surface is even.
- Do not move a heavy ladder by yourself. Ask for help from a co-worker.
- When using an extension ladder, avoid setting it up when it is already extended. Make sure the base is secured when raising the extension ladder.
- Make sure the base of the ladder is not in the flow of traffic.
- If the top of the ladder cannot rest against a flat surface, install a support attachment. Rest side rails equally at the top.
- The ladder should be adequately secured to prevent shifting. Ask a coworker to “foot” the bottom until the top is tied off.
- Clear away any debris or materials that could cause a slip and fall hazard when climbing onto, or off of, the ladder.
- Step ladders should be opened fully, and the spreader should be locked. All ladder feet should be in contact with a level surface.
Ladder safety is a key component of maintaining a safe work environment. Slip and fall accidents involving ladders can cause serious injuries, resulting in missed work, lost wages, costly medical bills, and other expenses associated with a workplace injury.
Making safety a priority is key to maintaining a productive and safe workplace and preventing serious, even fatal injuries.
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If you have been injured in a ladder accident while on the job, you are urged to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will guide you through the claims process and secure the full financial benefits you deserve for your injuries. Our dedicated team will not stop fighting for you until we have your complete satisfaction. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. We represent clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.