The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that falls accounted for 349 of 874 total deaths in the construction industry in 2014, and violations involving ladders were the seventh most frequently cited standard by OSHA in fiscal 2015. The Accident Fund Insurance Company of America has launched a spring safety campaign to educate employers and employees about the fall hazards associated with ladders, with a website featuring brochures, tip sheets, helpful links, and other resources to help policyholders on such topics as the basics of ladder safety, lift safety, and fall safety. "Ladder safety remains a major concern of ours," said David Hintz, manager of loss control for Accident Fund. "Being conscious of ladder safety is one way to prevent workplace accidents and keep workers safe on the job. And it's not only a problem in the workplace. The same things are happening around the home as people often overlook common-sense safety tips when getting on a ladder to clean gutters or to perform other routine tasks. Most of these accidents are completely avoidable." Meanwhile, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) rolled out a free smartphone app in 2013 geared toward ladders, using visual and audio signals to make it easier for workers to check the positioning of extension ladders. "The ladder safety app is an innovative way to help keep workers safe and a tool to reduce these preventable injuries," said NIOSH Director John Howard. "The development of this smartphone app also demonstrates how we are constantly working to make science-based practical information accessible to workers and employers in a way they need and can easily use."
Door & Window Market Magazine (06/07/2016)