The third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths is falls. A worker doesn’t have to fall from a high level to suffer fatal injuries. Construction workers are most at risk for fatal falls from height-more than seven times the rate of other industries-but falls can happen anywhere, even at a desk job.
Falls are 100% preventable.Whether working from a ladder, roof or scaffolding, it’s important to plan ahead, asses the risk and use the right equipment.
Discuss the task with coworkers and determine what safety equipment is needed.
Make sure you are trained properly on how to use the equipment.
Before starting the job look around for any potential hazards.
Set up equipment on level ground.
Be sure to check the weather before beginning job. Never work in inclement weather.
Make sure stepladders have a locking device.
Always keep two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand on ladder at all times.
Never lean the ladder against an unstable surface.
A straight or extension ladder should should be 1 foot away from the surface it rests on for every 4 feet of height and extend at least 3 feet over the top of the edge.
Wear slip resistant shoes and don’t stand higher than the third rung from the top.
Have someone support the bottom of the ladder.
Never use old or damaged equipment; check before use.
A fall can end in death or disability in the blink of an eye, but if you follow a few simple precautions, you’ll stay safe in the work place.
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