April 13, 2023 | Susan Napier-Sewell

How far away is death? It’s a quick trip down

quick trip down

When you see someone trying to rig a ladder like this, you know one thing for sure — one wrong move and it’s a quick trip down.

And the quick trip down likely won’t end well for the risk taker.

What is the OSHA regulation for ladder safety?

“Ladders shall be used only on stable and level surfaces unless secured to prevent accidental displacement. Ladders shall not be used on slippery surfaces unless secured or provided with slip-resistant feet to prevent accidental displacement.”

The OSHA Fact Sheet, “OSHA’s Final Rule to Update, Align, and Provide
Greater Flexibility in its General Industry Walking Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards
” says, “Falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes
of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA estimates that, on average, approximately
202,066 serious (lost-workday) injuries and 345 fatalities occur annually among workers directly
affected by the final standard. OSHA’s final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall
Protection Systems better protects workers in general industry from these hazards by updating
and clarifying standards and adding training and inspection requirements. The rule affects a
wide range of workers, from window washers to chimney sweeps. It does not change construction
or agricultural standards.”

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How Far Away Is Death?
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One Reply to “How far away is death? It’s a quick trip down”

  • Rod Farrell says:

    Not to mention that right next to him is the electricity network primary fuse, and the incoming active neutral service conductors, the perfect things to grab if the ladder slips and you want a shocking experience.

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