This week is National Safety Stand Down Week and we will be highlighting some safety tips in regards to fall hazards.
Today we are going to focus on a tool that most field employees use multiple times a day, and that is ladders.
Because we use them so often, it is extremely easy to become complacent or very comfortable when working on step ladders. However, we need to respect a 4 or 5 foot fall hazard just like we do 20 foot fall hazard. Many serious and even fatal falls occur from falls occurring from 5 feet and below. If I had to guess, I would bet over 70% of field employees have had a mishap on a step ladder at least once in their career. Everyone knows what is right and wrong when using step ladders; example, everyone knows not to use the top step, but in the moment when we haven’t planned ahead and identified that we need a 10 foot step ladder instead of the 8 foot step ladder we are forced with a decision. In this moment we need to make the right decision by going to get the 10 foot step ladder.
Fall hazards are very serious, even a trip and a fall forward can lead to serious injuries, lost work time, and be very expensive. The average fall in the construction industry cost nearly $100,000.
Extension ladders are a tool that most service and construction employees use on a regular basis. There are many hazards associated with extension ladders, please review the attached Fact Sheet (review as a toolbox talk) and apply the principles when using extension ladders.
For more information on how IFS works to ensure our employees safety, contact Mike Schwaller at 636-680-2100