Workers that use stepladders are at risk of permanent injury from falls and hazards that can be eliminated by following good safety practices. Companies are encouraged to continue supporting National Ladder Safety Month by learning about the dangers and proper use of Stepladders through OSHA’s Fact Sheet: “Reducing Falls in Construction: Safe Use of Stepladders.” A stepladder is a type of ladder that is portable, self-supporting, and has an A-frame. Generally, these ladders have two front side trails, two rear side rails, and steps mounted between and bracing between the front and rear side rails respectively.
The right kind of stepladder for the job is the one with the proper load capacity. When picking a stepladder, make sure it can sustain at least four times the maximum load intended. After determining the right stepladder to use for the job, it is imperative that a trained individual visually inspects the ladder for defects on a periodic basis. When using the ladder, the same safe principles for ladder use generated by OSHA should be applied to a stepladder. Workers should secure the ladder’s base and maintain 3 points of contact during use. Additionally, workers need to look out for common stepladder hazards such as damaged steps, unlocked ladder spreaders, and ladders that are in a high-traffic location to name a few. Following these tips in OSHA’s fact sheet will increase stepladder safety and prevent falls and subsequent injuries. Ultimately, it is an employer's duty to train each worker to recognize and minimize their ladder-related hazards. For more information on stepladder safety and how to prevent fatal falls, Visit: https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/OSHA3662.pdf
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