The Next Rung: Ladder Safety Today
News From ALI
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Did you know that 43% of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder?
The American Ladder Institute is conducting research for a second year in a row to assess the effectiveness of ladder safety training in decreasing the number of ladder-related accidents, injuries and citations.
We'd like to hear from you regarding ladder-related safety training, injuries and OSHA citations at your company. By participating in this 15-minute survey
, you will help improve safety training efforts and resources for ladder users.
Please participate in this important survey by August 16. A report of the survey results - including year-over-year trends - will be shared with participants that express their interest in the survey.
15 minutes of your time could help save a life.
On Aug. 1, employers will be able to electronically enter their required 2016 injury and illness data from Form 300A via OSHA's new Injury Tracking Application.
The Injury Tracking Application website will offer three options for submitting data: manual entry, uploading a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time, and transmission of data from automated record-keeping systems to transmit through the application programming interface.
Learn more about the recent change here
According to OSHA data, about two million American workers are victims of workplace violence every year. Make sure your organization has a plan in place to identify potential incidents and reduce the risk of harm to employees. To help, OSHA's Fact Sheet on workplace violence lists several steps employers can take, including:
- Establish a zero-tolerance policy toward workplace violence against or by employees.
- Develop a workplace violence prevention program and incorporate it into an employee handbook or other worksite manual. Ensure all employees know it and understand that all claims of violence will be investigated.
- Provide safety education for employees so workers understand what conduct is unacceptable, what to do if workplace violence occurs and how to protect themselves.
Check out the full article here, and download the rest of the steps noted in OSHA's Fact Sheet.
NSC Releases Safe Driving Kit
The National Safety Council (NSC) has launched a new online safety kit aimed at creating safer roadways for workers.
The new safety tool is called The Safe Driving Kit. Sponsored by Wheels Inc., the kit features multimedia resources and engaging material that address the key contributors to car crashes including but not limited to distraction, alcohol, fatigue and seat belt use.
In addition to those resources, the online tool also highlights lifesaving technology that helps prevent crashes. This kit comes at a useful time wherein motor vehicle deaths spike in part due to summer travel. Read the full article here
, and download
Every issue of The Next Rung will include a portion of an A14 standard - complimentary to individuals who complete one or more ladder safety training modules a year.
This standard prescribes rules concerning the safe design, construction, testing, care, installation and use of permanently installed metal or wood, disappearing attic stairways of various types designed to be used for access to upper levels such as attics.
Safety Spotlight From A14.9
9.1.1 Danger / Caution. When labels titled "Danger" or "Caution" are used, they shall conform to the general design and color principles identified in Appendix A.
9.1.2 Visibility. Markings shall be legible and readily visible.
9.1.3 Label Positioning. Markings shall be positioned so that other parts of the stairway shall not damage the label/marking when it is opened or closed.
9.1.4 Label Design. Manufacturers may modify the design and content of labels to fit the design requirements of the product.
ALI is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved developer of ladder safety standards. Standards are technical specifications, developed and tested by subject experts, which prescribe rules governing the safety construction, design, testing, care and use of various types of ladders. View all ladder safety standards.
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