The Importance of Ladder Safety

Key Facts: Ladder falls are the leading cause of death on construction jobsites in the United States. Each year ladder incidents account for 164,000 hospitalized injuries and around 300 deaths nationwide. That’s nearly a death each day. These unfortunate incidents are caused when people fall off or mishandle ladders.

Ladders are valuable tools, but they present a range of hazards that workers need to understand in order to use them safely. This company has created this policy to ensure employees understand how to use ladders safely, how to select the right ladder for a job, how to store and maintain ladders, and how to recognize ladders that may be hazardous.

SOCAL REMOVAL LADDER SAFETY EXPLAINED

Preventing injuries from ladder use is a cooperative effort between this company and its employees.

SoCal Removal is responsible for:

  • Ensuring all ladders meet safety requirements and are maintained in safe, working condition
  • Selecting ladders to purchase according to needs of operations
  • Ensuring employees are trained in safe ladder selection and use
  • Removing ladders from service when they are no longer safe to be used
  • Ensuring employees use ladders as safely as possible

It is the responsibility of Andre Abajian or the SoCal Removal appointed Program Administrator to:

  • Develop and provide training on ladder safety and fall hazards
  • Suggest recommendations to management to increase ladder safety
  • Assist in hazard analyses and periodic walkthroughs and safety reviews to ensure continued safe ladder use

SoCal Removal Employees will:

  • Participate actively in ladder safety training
  • Recommend safety improvements and report safety hazards to supervisor, safety team or other appropriate personnel
  • Report damaged or otherwise unsafe ladders
  • Follow safe practices when using ladders
  • Transport and store ladders according to best safe practices

Ladder Use Safe Practices:

Anytime there is a break in elevation of 19 inches or more, and no ramp, runway, embankment, or hoist is provided, SoCal Removal must and will provide either a stairway or a ladder.

The point of access between levels must always allow free passage. If there is work being performed limits free access, another point of access must be provided.

SoCal Removal will ensure that all necessary fall protection is in place before employees are permitted to work from elevation. Consult the chapter on Fall Protection for more information.

Consult the chapter on Scaffold Safety for requirements on ladders used to access scaffolds.

or descending. Unstable or slippery base surfaces are the primary reasons ladders fail.

Other reasons include a misstep or a slip of the foot, loss of balance, an overreach, and being struck by a vehicle or other object.

GENERAL

If a work area for 25 or more employees can be accessed only by a ladder (or anytime two-way traffic relies on a ladder), SoCal Removal will provide either a double-cleated ladder or two or more separate ladders to serve two-way traffic. Ladder rungs, cleats, and steps must be parallel, level, and uniformly spaced when the ladder is in position for use. Rungs, cleats, and steps of portable and fixed ladders (except as provided below) must