Nearly 4,700 workers died on the job in 2016. Of those deaths, more than 21 percent were in the construction industry. Numbers like these emphasize that the industry must continue to focus on worker safety including training as well as wearing the proper personal protection equipment.
Of the nearly 1,000 construction-related deaths reported two years ago, 384 or nearly 39 percent were attributed to falls. Many of those accidents took place on falls from scaffolding and ladders. This is why it’s important to inspect the equipment before and after usage.
Tips when checking a ladder
When it comes to ladders, you have to make sure that they are safe to use. So taking a few minutes to give a ladder a thorough visual inspection before you climb on one can be a life-saver. When inspecting a ladder, including those fresh from the manufacturer, here are some key points you must determine:
You also must make sure to inspect a ladder for damages if it has fallen or tipped over. And always remember that if you find any problems with a ladder, do not use it. Remove it from the work area, and clearly label that it’s defective and should not be used.
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