Ladders accounted for 14 fatalities per year to workers (averaged over 6 years) 60% of those killed or seriously injured had fallen from below head height. This is simply a number that is recorded being taken from workplace statistics, many more incidents are occurring in the home; however our legal obligations dictate that it is in the workplace that we must safeguard our employees.
With 1226 (more than 100 a month) Major injuries, falls from ladders and stepladders account for almost a third of all injuries and cost the UK economy around £60 million each year.
Source: HSE Gov.uk/statistics
How would you feel if an untrained employee died or was seriously injured falling from a ladder?
Falls from height are the number one cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury in the workplace. Almost a third of falls are from ladders. We need to realise that using a ladder or a step ladder just isn't as straight forward as we first thought!
Accidents involving ladders are all too common, and most businesses have at least one ladder.
The three leading causes of ladder related fatalities and injuries occur because:
- the ladder slips or falls due to people overreaching
- ladders not secured properly
- the ladder is in a poor state of repair
Gravity means you only go one way. And it's not the fall that hurts but the impact with the ground.
Many companies have experience of such accidents. They happen during routine production activities, maintenance activities, building repair or cleaning work, accessing plant etc.
Ladders are for short duration use only, but we must make sure that for the length of time we are using the ladder we are as safe as is possible.
This is the reason training is so very important, so that we get the relevant knowledge and understanding to ensure that we are competent in what we are doing and also have a complete grasp of the ladders limitations, therefore enabling us to carry out the job and return home safe after a day's work.
The HSE says: "Anyone at work who uses or specifies the use of ladders needs adequate information and training so that they understand there limitations and safe use."
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