Do you know the facts on falls?
As many as five construction workers a week are killed in falls. In fact, falls are the No. 1 cause of work-related deaths for construction workers.
Nearly two-thirds of all injuries are related to slips, trips and falls from ladders.
Almost half of all fatal falls are from 20 feet or less; some are from less than six feet.
Why Are Falls So Hazardous?
The average person’s reaction time is half a second. In that time you fall four feet. As you fall, gravity pulls you down and your speed quickly increases. That means your impact force increases, too. Once you start falling, you will stop only when you hit a lower surface. A person who weighs about 200 pounds and falls just six feet will hit the ground with almost 10,000 pounds of force.
Ladder Safety Helps Save Lives:
- Face the ladder while climbing up or down.
- Keep yourself centered between the rails (no leaning over one side or the other).
- Use three points of contact.
- Carry no loads.
- Only one person at a time should be on a ladder.
- Avoid leaning, stretching or making moves that can throw you off balance.
- Stay alert when getting on or off the ladder.
- Do not stand on the top rung or top of a stepladder.
- Do not stand on the top three rungs of a straight or extension ladder.