Ladders (1926.1053) routinely rank among OSHA's 'top 10' list of most frequently cited violations. And every day more than 2,000 ladder-related injuries occur as a result of careless use, improper training, and selecting the wrong ladder for the job. Make sure to properly inspect your ladder before any job. Failure to do so could result in serious injury or fatality. Things to look for when inspecting:
- Locks and pulleys
- Proper footwear
- Secure rungs and rails
- Connections and fasteners
Remember: inspect before you step.
What if you deem your ladder unsafe and unusable? Don’t just dispose of it – make sure it’s NEVER used again by cutting it in half. You’re probably visualizing cutting from side to side, in the direction of the rungs, but someone could find those pieces and still think they’re usable. Instead, cut directly down the center of the rungs, from top to bottom. This is the best way to protect others from injury, and yourself from liability.
With free ladder inspections and expert consultation, Fastenal's Safety Specialists are ready to help you avoid these common missteps and create a safer workplace. Take the first step to ladder safety by contacting our team today at email@example.com, or fill out the form below to have a specialist contact you.