Whether you're climbing onto the roof of your home or reaching for a product in your warehouse, ladder safety matters. Choosing the right ladder and following basic ladder safety techniques can help make the difference between productivity and potentially preventable accidents and falls.
Two of the most common ladder accidents* — contributing to over 100 ladder injuries per day and about 300 deaths per year** — include:
Not surprisingly, poor workplace safety programs can cost companies upwards of $24 billion on falls related to working at heights. While accidents and injuries can certainly happen, ladder safety awareness and ladder safety training can help make these incidents less likely when practiced and enforced regularly.
Each year in the US more than 500,000 people are treated from ladder-related injuries**
The most common ladder falls happen between 6 and 10 feet off the ground
$24 billion is spent on workplace falls from working at heights**
Falls are the 3rd most common cause for disabling workplace injuries***
Ladders are #3 on OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Violations List****
* "ALI Ladder Safety Training and Citation Report" - United States, 2018, American Ladder Institute
** "It’s National Ladder Safety Month" – United States, 2017, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
*** "2021 Workplace Safety Index: the top 10 causes of disabling injuries" – United States, 2018, Liberty Mutual
**** "Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards" – United States, 2021, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Climbing up or climbing down, the underlying message is still the same: every step counts. Build a solid foundation of knowledge by identifying, understanding, and practicing basic ladder safety tips.
Every March, the American Ladder Institute holds its annual National Ladder Safety Month to encourage both homeowners and employees to become familiar with ladder safety in an effort to reduce ladder-related injuries and fatalities each year. But ladder safety isn’t just a one-time-only initiative. There are a number of resources you can turn to all year long for tips, checklists, training, and more. Do Your Part