Ladders. They can get a lot of bad press.
And when you see pictures like this, then read stats like this…
- More than 90,000 people receive A&E treatment from ladder-related injuries every year
- Elevated falls account for almost 700 occupational deaths annually
- These deaths account for 15% of all occupational deaths
It makes sense.
But we still love them and here’s why. Ladders have been around for centuries and are an essential part of any of our projects. It’s only in the last 10 years that ladder related injuries have gone up by 50%. Why? Have ladders become less safe? Or is it the classic case of familiarity breeds contempt? In all honesty you would say it was the latter. When used correctly modern ladders can be as safe as safe can be, it is often human error that always tips the balance into being dangerous. Education and management make a huge difference especially when you delve deeper into the four main causes of ladder related incidents;
Selecting the wrong type of ladder
Using damaged ladders
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise when you see every one is down to the user. Ladders are integral to our industry so using them safely, keeping them well maintained, locating them correctly will avoid a site and it’s operatives becoming another statistic.