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Falls are preventable when you take all the precautions

From the National Safety Council
March is Ladder Safety Month.

Whether working from a ladder, roof or scaffolding, it's important to plan ahead, assess the risk, and use the right equipment.

First, determine if working from a height is absolutely necessary or if there is another way to do the task safely.

Here are more recommendations from the National Safety Council to share and discuss with members of your office or team.

  • Discuss the task with coworkers and determine what safety equipment is needed.
  • Make sure you are properly trained on how to use the equipment.
  • Scan the work area for potential hazards before starting the job
  • Make sure you have level ground to set up the equipment.
  • If working outside, check the weather forecast; never work in inclement weather.
  • Use the correct tool for the job, and use it as intended.
  • Ensure stepladders have a locking device to hold the front and back open..
  • Always keep two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on the ladder.
  • Place the ladder on a solid surface and never lean it against an unstable surface
  • A straight or extension ladder should be 1 foot away from the surface it rests on for every 4 feet of height and extend at least 3 feet over the top edge.
  • Securely fasten straight and extension ladders to an upper support.
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes and don't stand higher than the third rung from the top.
  • Don't lean or reach while on a ladder, and have someone support the bottom.
  • Never use old or damaged equipment; check thoroughly before use.

Click here to learn about preventing ladder falls and other types of falls in the workplace.

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