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!
If you’re having more than your fair share of accidents that come from ladders then it might be time to make sure your employees have been properly trained on ladder safety. The Convergence Training blog might be the best place to start.
Head over to their ladder safety page for a ton of great information as well as…
Realizing that “Americans are increasingly using mobile devices as their primary means of finding information, with increased use of smartphones, tablets and e-readers across all demographics” OSHA has published its first e-publication designed to be easily viewable and readable across most platforms.
That e-publication is a ladder safety manual that reformats and allows for scalable fonts regardless of the size of your screen and//or operating system.
Let’s face it, carpenters, drywallers and painters don’t show up on the jobsite with a laptop, they show up with an Ipad or a smartphone. If we want them to download and read safety manuals, we need to adapt them these manuals to the technology that they carry around with them.
Now, at the start of the shift, the supervisor can send the e-publication to each of his employees cell phone with instructions for them to read it before they start the day’s work.
Well done OSHA!
A new OSHA publication, entitled “Falling off Ladders Can Kill: Use them Safely” is now available as a free download from the OSHA website.
With text in english and Spanish and simple illustrations to show what should and what shouldn’t be done, this 14 page publication isn’t the end all concerning all the rules and regulations concerning ladders and safety but it does cover the basics that everyone needs to know.
If you or any of your employees use ladders in the course of the days’ work, download and print out this booklet and make sure you and they have gone through it. With falls still the leading cause of injuries and deaths in the workplace, it’s a serious hazard that needs to be addressed and this pamphlet is a great place to start.
If you’ve got ladders, you need to inspect them, it’s as simple as that.
Unsafe ladders cause injuries and potentially fatalities as well.
Develop a step-by-step inspection procedure for each and every time you use the ladder.
Make sure your employees have the procedure sheet and that they checkoff each item and sign the document.
Here’s a great checklist that you can download from CPWR, the Center ofr Construction Research and Training.
We’ve already provided links in this blog to at least two other Convergence Training Glossaries. The first was the Electrical Glossary, the second was the Control of Hazardous Energy Lockout/Tagout Glossary.
Now, they’re back with a new free, downloadable Ladders Glossary.
Check out the Convergence Training page for this glossary to use it online as well as to access numerous links and documents related to ladder safety.
A safety instructor in Britain was caught on film demonstrating a ladder safety system. The ladder system worked great… only problem is the ladder itself hadn’t been properly secured.
Have a look at the YouTube video entitled Instructor falls off ladder. The instructor, Paul Cavanagh was suspended when the video was released. Oops!
By Jack Cameron
I will be honest. I have never been crazy about climbing on ladders. I cannot really trace it back to any particularly traumatizing event or anything. I suppose it is just that bit of me that knows I have fallen before and if I fell from a ladder, it could be very bad. If I deconstruct it, I know that I do not actually mind being on the ladder and once I have gotten to where I am climbing to I am pretty cool with that. It is the getting off and getting onto the ladder that gets me.
It turns out my fears in this case are not entirely unjustified. The vast majority of ladder accidents happen during that transition from roof to ladder or ladder to roof. The reasons run the gamut from the ladder not being securely placed against the structure to just a misplaced foot.
Guardian’s Safe-T Ladder Extension System gives you something to hold onto as you get to the top of the ladder. It is a simple light weight extension that attaches to just about any ladder and creates handrails for those few transition moments. It is a simple solution for a simple problem and it is the first Guardian item I made sure I had at my home.
While the Safe-T Ladder Extension System will help you getting onto or off of the ladder, there are of course other things to take into account when using a ladder. Most of these seem like common sense things, but somehow they are still often overlooked. Making sure your ladder is securely placed on the ground is the most important thing you can do to ensure your safety when using a ladder. Sometimes this is more difficult because the ground is uneven.
This is where Guardian’s Ladder Leveler can come in handy. The Guardian Ladder Leveler easily attaches to the bottom of most extension ladders and then adjusts to the ground to make a secure and level base from which to work.
Making sure the ladder is secure and that you can easily get onto and off of the ladder are just two of the things you need to pay attention to when working on a ladder. Also make sure that your ladder is leaning against a structure that will support both the weight of the ladder and anyone who might be using it. Be aware of any nearby electrical lines and take the necessary precautions. The last and perhaps most common mistake is carrying anything in your hands while climbing the ladder. If it’s something small, put it in your pocket. If it’s something large, use a bucket and a tether. Almost half of all falls from ladders happen while people are carrying things.
The Safe-T Ladder Extension System and Ladder Leveler can’t save you from all ladder mishaps, but it makes for a safer working environment which is always good peace of mind.