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Ladder Inspections & Safety

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There are a reported 136,118 ladder related injuries in the United States annually! During 2008, work-related falls from ladders resulted in approximately 119 fatalities and an estimated 17,540 serious injuries.

Not all these incidents are due to defective ladders however that can certainly be one of the factors. It is important that ladders are inspected regularily. OSHA requires it in several instances.

OSHA 1910.25(d)(1)(x) - Ladders shall be inspected frequently and those which have developed defects shall bewithdrawn from service for repair or destruction and tagged or marked as "Dangerous, Do Not Use."

OSHA 1910.26(c)(2)(vi) - Ladders are to be inspected:

(c)(2)(vi)(a) If ladders tip over or

(c)(2)(vi)(d) If ladders are exposed to oil and grease

OSHA 1910.27(f) – Fixed Ladders - All ladders shall be maintained in a safe condition. All ladders shall be inspected regularly, with the intervals between inspections being determined by use and exposure.

These required frequent inspections must be documented. Perhaps the easiest way is to have stickers or tags directly on the ladder itself and to have a ladder log to ensure they are all inspected as required.

Unfortunately frequently is a very subjective word. Truly each ladder must be evaluated on it's use and exposure to damaging influences. You will want to inspect a ladder utilized daily that is in a high exposure area much more often then the office step stool used every now and then.

There are also rules for use of all ladders:

Although ladders are part of our everyday life at both work and home, it's important we don't take them for granted. Ensure you inspect and utilize ladders appropriately.


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Justin Webber replied the topic: #23
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