by Nick Gromicko, Rob London and Kenton Shepard
A ladder is a structure designed for climbing that consists of two long side-pieces joined at uniform intervals by rungs or steps. It’s important to use the right tool for the job, and that includes ladders, which come in different types and sizes for different applications. It’s also important to exercise extreme caution while using a ladder, as a fall from a ladder can lead to serious injury and even death.
Some common causes of ladder injuries include:
mounting or dismounting the ladder impropertly;
losing one’s balance;
failing to set up the ladder properly;
over-reaching while on the ladder; and
mis-stepping while climbing or descending.
Statistics Concerning Ladder Dangers
According to the World Health Organization, the United States leads the world in ladder deaths. Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders.
Most ladder deaths are from falls of 10 feet or less.
Falls from ladders are the leading cause of deaths on construction sites.
Over the past decade, the number of people who have died from falls from ladders has tripled.
Falls from ladders are the leading cause of ladder-related injuries, followed by using a ladder improperly, using a faulty or defective ladder, and simple carelessness.
From Ladder Safety – Int’l Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) http://www.nachi.org/ladder-safety.htm#ixzz2I5PSKUTZ
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