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American Ladder Institute’s Ladder Safety Program Explained

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Year after year, Fall Protection shows up as number one on OSHA’s yearly Top Ten Violations list. It is one of the top three most disabling workplace injuries, and it costs lives and livelihoods, as well as more than $17 billion is spent each year on falls at the jobsite.

To bring awareness to this, the American Ladder Institute (ALI) designates March as National Ladder Safety Month. Each week in March has a theme, and this year’s themes are as follows:
Week One: Choosing Your Ladder
Week Two: Safety Before the First Step (Inspection and Set Up)
Week Three: Safety While Climbing
Week Four: Safety at the Top

In many cases, ladder injuries are caused by people using them incorrectly. As an employer, it is your responsibility to keep your employees safe. One such way is making ladder safety training an integral part of employee training, including it as part of new hire training as well as an annual refresher. ALI offers free online video ladder safety training, which includes four videos providing education on the selection, safe use, and care of most frequently used ladders. Through the program, supervisors can monitor team members’ training progress through end-of-video quizzes – and each employee who scores a 90 percent or higher will earn a ladder safety certificate.

What’s in it for you besides a well-trained and safer team when it comes to ladder safety? ALI recognizes organizations that show their commitment to employee safety through its Ladder Safety Ambassador program. To find out more, please visit the American Ladder Institute: National Ladder Safety Month.

 

Mr. Griffith has a received his bachelors degree in Environmental Health from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and president of Workplace Safety & Health Company. He has over 35 years of industrial hygiene, safety, loss control and consulting experience. Chemical monitoring, noise measurement, program development and management, risk assessment and computer management of health and safety data are areas of particular strength. Mr. Griffith is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) at the local and national level. He is also active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

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