The American Ladder Institute (ALI) is made up of 16 ladder manufacturers responsible for developing ladder safety standards. ALI recently announced the launch of an initiative to address ladder-related incidents: the first National Ladder Safety Month. As reported in the March 2017 issue of Safety & Health magazine from the National Safety Council, the goal of this annual campaign is to:

  1. Decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities
  2. Increase the number of ladder safety training certificates issued by ALI
  3. Increase the frequency of ladder safety training modules viewed at www.laddersafetytraining.org
  4. Lower the ranking of ladder-related safety citations on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) annual “Top 10” list
  5. Increase the number of training sessions for competent ladder inspectors
  6. Increase the number of individuals and companies that inspect and properly dispose of old, damaged or obsolete ladders

Ladder Safety Challenge

Now, here is your challenge. For this challenge, a ladder is defined as a straight ladder, step ladder or step stool. If your employees use or have access to any type of ladder, take the time to:

  • Inspect all ladders to make sure they are in good condition
  • Conduct ladder safety training with your employees. Don’t know where to begin? There are several free resources available to you:
    • ALI provides free ladder safety training materials. Click here.
    • Free streaming videos are available from Society Insurance Risk Control. Click here.
    • OSHA has a number of free ladder safety publications suitable for employee training. Click here.

Accept the challenge! Invest the time and rule out a preventable injury or death!

-Tim Hoffmann

Author

Tim has broad experience working with manufacturers, school districts, distributors, service industries, municipalities and the hospitality industry. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), holds the Associate Loss Control Management (ALCM) designation, and is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

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