National Ladder Safety Month Comes To A Close
With March 2017 coming to an end, so did the first National Ladder Safety Month. Focus for the month included the overall importance of ladder safety, ladder safety at work and home, and ladder inspection and disposal.
The event was sponsored by the American Ladder Institute (ALI) and was intended to increase awareness, reinforce training, and educate both homeowners and workers. ALI stated its goals for National Ladder Safety Month were to:
- Increase the number of ladder safety training certificates issued by ALI
- Increase the frequency that ladder safety training modules are viewed on www.laddersafetytraining.org
- Lower the rankings of ladder-related safety citations on OSHA’s yearly “Top 10 Citations List”
- Decrease number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities
- Increase the number of competent ladder inspector trainings
- Increase the number of companies and individuals that inspect and properly dispose of old, damaged, or obsolete ladders
"Every year over 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries," said Ryan Moss, president of the American Ladder Institute (ALI), and CEO of Little Giant Ladder Systems. "Without better training and continuous innovation in safety, planning and product design, we will continue to see far too many fatalities. National Ladder Safety Month will heighten awareness, reinforce safety training, and educate homeowners and working professionals. The American Ladder Institute is calling upon all individuals and organizations throughout the nation to promote and to participate in ladder safety."
To assist with ladder safety, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers a free app download for ladder safety. The app is provided in English and Spanish, and is for use on Android, iPhone, and iPad devices. It offers an angle measuring tool, together with selection, inspection, proper use, and accessories tools.