Ladder Safety starts with Workplace Safety

by Kevin Wood

Ladder Safety starts with Workplace Safety

by Kevin Wood

by Kevin Wood

It’s no surprise that ladders are a known cause of workplace injuries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there are 10,805 injuries causing lost workdays due to falls from a ladder each year. (Yes, that’s 10,805!)

Each of these injuries, on average, results in 18 lost workdays and a cost of $62,000. OSHA
considers falls from ladders a significant risk and the need to address this workplace hazard was a driving factor in the basis for agency action that led to their recent update of the Walking-Working Surface standard. You can read more about it here.

Ladders are also an identified source of overexertion injuries, which can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). There were 12,700 reported MSDs due to ladder use between 2011 and 2016.

On average, MSDs result in 12 lost workdays and a cost of $90,000. However, the most staggering statistic is that MSDs are 100% preventable. (source: Center for Disease Control)


Here at Safety Step Canada, we are proud to offer ladder safety products, such as our ladder rung coversour anti-slip treatments for floors, and much, much more!

Contact us today to discuss how we can help your workplace become a safer place, up the ladder and on the floor!

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