Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Attacking Ladder Falls - One Rung at a Time

Climbing ladders is safety hazard in the workplace ...

"Falls from ladders injure more than 20,000 American workers every year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The impact from sprains and strains, broken bones and other more serious disabling conditions resulting from falls from ladders reaches far beyond the injured worker's suffering. The direct compensation and medical treatments associated with falls from elevation cost American businesses $4.6 billion, according to Liberty Mutual's 2005 Workplace Safety Index. And the indirect costs associated with increased absenteeism, worker replacement and productivity loss can cost up to two times as much, according to a recent survey of corporate financial decision-makers.

How can you help prevent ladder falls? First, you need to understand why they are happening. Unfortunately, there are many potential causes. Workers lose footing while carrying tools or materials up the ladder. Grease, ice, mud, snow or water on the rungs can cause slips and falls. Old, poorly maintained ladders can break during use. Or – the most common ladder accident – the ladder base slips out of position. This happens when the ladder is at a wrong angle, workers climb too fast or the surface below the ladder is wet, bumpy or uneven."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

Fall From Ladder. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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