A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on ladder safety shows startling statistics concerning the frequency and severity of ladder-related accidents in the United States. Every year, thousands of people are injured, with hundreds fatally so. Luckily, by understanding the leading causes of ladder accidents, we can prevent the vast majority.
Ladder Accidents by the Numbers
As you can see, ladder accidents, though entirely preventable, are incredibly common The following four causes of accidents account for the vast majority:
1. Selecting the Wrong Type of Ladder
Each ladder is designed to support a maximum weight limit, and if the climber exceeds that limit, the ladder could break and cause the user to fall or become injured. There are three basic types of ladders:
2. Using Worn or Damaged Ladders
Another common contributing factor to ladder accidents is the use of old, worn, or damaged ladders. Thoroughly inspect each ladder before using it. If any damage is found, don’t use the ladder until it’s been safely repaired to the manufacturer’s specifications. When in doubt, replace the ladder entirely.
3. Incorrect Use of Ladders
Human error is by far the leading cause of ladder accidents. Never use a ladder in any other way than what the manufacturer intended it to be used for. Important usage tips include:
4. Incorrect Placement of Ladders
Follow these tips for correct placement of ladders:
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