I know it may sound almost too fundamental, but think about it. Many of your employees have been using and climbing ladders daily for years. It’s simple, it’s routine. I get it. But workplace falls, including those from ladders, account for a huge portion of all on-the-job injuries. If it really is so fundamental and so basic, then let’s make sure that you are not one of many contractors in 2017 that will have one of your employees fall off a ladder and incur a preventable work comp claim.
Incredibly the estimated annual cost of ladder injuries both on-the-job and off is $11 billion in the US alone. About 300 people die each year from ladder injuries. If you consider that there is no more than 260 work days in a given year, then that means that more than one person per day dies from ladder injuries.
Too many times ladders are being used to complete a job that the specific ladder was not meant to do. When was the last time you actually checked the ladders recommended usage and instruction labels and abided by them? How many times has one of your employees used a ladder alone without a spotter or coworker acting as a base at the bottom?
According to OSHA, falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries. I have seen too many ladder injuries in 2016 that have been completely preventable if good ladder safety was executed. There’s no doubt that the opportunity is there to reduce ladder injuries. Is a ladder injury going to happen to one of your employees in 2017? Or are you going to take some simple steps to make sure that doesn’t happen?
Information about the Author: Before coming to Marsh & McLennan Agency, known locally as Insurance Associates Company, BJ spent twelve years working for several property and casualty insurance companies with four years in management. He completed his studies through The Institutes and earned the prestigious Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 2012. Recently BJ graduated at the gold level from ABC of Metro Washington’s Leadership Development Program. At Marsh & McLennan Agency, known locally as Insurance Associates Company, BJ is first and foremost an advocate for our clients. Whether it’s helping a client to lower their experience mod or using his expertise to get a claim paid for a client, he is always available to help a client with any of their claims needs. In his free time BJ is most likely to be found on the golf course or spending time with his two cats.