March is Ladder Safety month. Why all the concern about ladder safety? In the United States, more than 500,000 people per year are treated, and about 300 people die, from ladder-related injuries. The estimated annual cost of ladder injuries in the U.S. is 11 billion.

 

What are the Causes of Falls from Ladders?

  • Incorrect extension ladder setup angle
  • Inappropriate ladder selection for the job or project
  • Insufficient ladder inspection
  • Improper ladder use
  • Lack of access to ladder safety tools and information

 

What does the App do?

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ( NIOSH) has developed an award winning ladder safety app which covers straight/extension and step ladders.  The application provides easy access to graphic aids, safety checklists and reference information to make safe ladder choices. It comes Spanish or English for  iPhone and Android devices. Download for free from the Apple Store or Google Play

The free app has the following features:

Angle Measuring Tool – Uses visual, sound and vibration signals to make it easier for users to set an extension ladder at the proper angle (approximately 75 degrees) and to check the verticality of extension and step ladders.

Selection Too l– Provides a procedure to select the minimum required ladder duty rating

Inspection Tool – Includes a comprehensive checklist for ladder mechanical inspection.

Proper Use Tool – Presents a set of rules of safe ladder use in a user-friendly format.

Accessories Tool – Describes a number of available extension ladder safety accessories.