Height. It’s what makes ladders so useful and also so hazardous. Ladder-related injuries are on the rise, averaging 136,000 accidents a year. The price is also high for businesses, which shell out $70 billion annually on occupational fall-related injuries.
The American Ladder Institute (ALI) is made up of 16 ladder manufacturers responsible for developing ladder safety standards. ALI recently announced the launch of an initiative to address ladder-related incidents: the first National Ladder Safety Month. As reported in the March 2017 issue of Safety & Health magazine from the National Safety Council, the goal of this annual campaign is to: (more…)
As we celebrate our 100th year in business in 2015, we embark on another century of commitment to our policyholders. Our mission is to protect the livelihoods of our policyholders, and, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In keeping with that theme, we’ll celebrate our 100th year in business with 100 important tips to help identify, evaluate and prevent dangers that could result in financial loss or injury in a year-long “Safe with Society” blog series.
Accident studies have shown that ladders are involved in more than 300 fatalities and about 100,000 injuries each year. Stepladders are involved in a high percentage of these falls. Does this mean that stepladders are unsafe? Not if they are set up, used, and maintained properly.
Most stepladder accidents involve unsafe practices and conditions. It is up to everyone to ensure that the equipment they use is in good physical condition and that they are using it properly.
Here is a list of 8 ways to prevent some of the most common stepladder accidents: (more…)
Let me introduce Napo. Napo is the star of an animated series of video shorts that center on a worker who finds himself in situations over which he has no control, identifies hazards or risks, and then makes good suggestions to improve safety and work organization. These videos combine humor and wordless language for universal work-safety education.
Let’s talk about slips and trips.
Everyone knows to be careful during the winter months when temperatures dip below freezing and there’s snow or ice on the ground.
What people often neglect to consider is that hazards still exist in the summer months, both indoors and outdoors. In fact, it’s the element of surprise that can make summer slips, trips and falls more severe than those that occur in winter.
Slips, trips and falls are the second-leading cause of employee injury nationally, with these types of injuries increasing by 41 (more…)
Falls cause far more deaths in the construction industry (about one-third) than any other type of accident. If a construction worker is carrying an object obstructing his or her view, not spotting a floor opening can lead to serious injury. Protection from floor openings is therefore crucial to ensuring the continued safety of construction workers on-site.
Before your workers begin construction above ground level, equip them with the right safety tools and tips they’ll need to stay on their feet. (more…)