According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were an estimated 126 fatalities associated with ladder use in the United States in 2019. Additionally, the CPSC reported over 58,000 nonfatal injuries that required medical attention in the same year. However, it’s important to note that not all ladder-related accidents are reported to the CPSC, so the actual number of incidents may be higher.
While the number of ladder-related deaths has declined in recent years, decreasing by 12% from 2016 to 2020, even a single injury or death from a ladder fall is one too many. By providing critical guidelines and raising awareness about safe use, we can help decrease these numbers.
In construction alone, there were 5,370 ladder injuries in 2020. These injuries come at a cost – not only for workers and their health but also for employers. A 2018 workplace safety survey in the U.S. found that $17+ billion is spent on falls that result from working at heights (OHS).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2020, there were 880 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in Alaska related to falls, slips, and trips, which may include injuries related to ladder use.
Safe ladder usage can be a life-saving practice for both individuals and organizations, ensuring the safety of you, your family, and your colleagues.
During our DOT Physicals and employer physicals we asses
- If a potential employee or employee can climb up and down ladders at the height specified for the job
- If an employee can do this with their protective gear on
- If a potential employee or employee understands ladder safety and use, such as how to properly set up a ladder, how to maintain three points of contact while climbing, and how to secure the ladder to prevent it from slipping or tipping
Contact MedPhysicals Plus for ladder safety tips, exams, and physical certifications. Visit https://medphysicalsplus.com/employer-services/ to learn more. Ask about our special rates on ladder safety exams as part of a physical or a customized employer safety test. Stay safe and climb with confidence! Don’t take risks with your employees’ well-being, schedule your ladder physical today.