The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)just announced the availability of a new smart phone app designed to help protect workers on ladders.
According to the NIOSH website “This new app uses visual and audio signals to make it easier for workers using extension ladders to check the angle the ladder is positioned at”.
The Android app download site states: “The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is dedicated to ensure the safety of extension-ladder users by developing and disseminating an easy-to-use interactive ladder safety application for smart phones. The NIOSH Ladder Safety application features a multimodal indicator, which uses visual and sound signals to assist the user in positioning an extension ladder at an optimal angle. Furthermore, the application provides graphic-oriented interactive reference materials, safety guidelines and checklists for extension ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing, and use. The application is intended to help a wide range of ladder users, employers, and safety professionals, with their ladder-related safety needs. The ladder safety app is also 508 compliant.”
The NIOSH website claims that the app is also available for the iPhone but as of the writing of this post, the link they provide takes you to a contraceptive app. Ooops!