NIOSH releases free ladder safety app

On June 17, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the release of a free Ladder Safety app that helps reduce the risk of injuries by ensuring extension ladders are properly positioned.

The app uses audio and visual signals to check angles when using an extension ladder. Angling ladders too steeply or shallowly can increase the likelihood for falls. In addition to providing placement feedback, the app offers ladder safety tips, a ladder selection guide, and references for inspection, accessories, and proper use.

“The ladder safety app is an innovative way to help keep workers safe and a tool to reduce these preventable injuries,” explained NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “The development of this smart phone app also demonstrates how we are constantly working to make science-based practical information accessible to workers and employers in a way they need and can easily use.”

NIOSH collaborated with the ANSI A14 committee on Ladder Safety, the American Ladder Institute, DS Federal, and other stakeholders to develop the app and it’s available for both iPhone and Android smart phones.

Falls are one of the major causes of injuries in construction. Keep workers safe when using ladders by providing information, training, and the proper fall protection.

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