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March is National Ladder Safety Month

Each year, over 100 people die in ladder-related accidents and thousands suffer from disabling injuries at work and home. Without better safety planning, training, and innovation in product design, we will continue to see fatalities resulting from ladder falls. To promote the safe use of these tools, the American Ladder Institute (ALI) has designated March as National Ladder Safety Month. This year’s campaign will focus on five key themes:

  • February 23-29: What is Ladder Safety?
  • March 1-7: Ladder Safety Training and Year-Round Partners
  • March 8-14: Ladder Safety at Work
  • March 15-21: Ladder Safety at Home
  • March 22-28: Ladder Safety Inspection and Disposal

Ladder Safety Month is designed to raise awareness on how to safely use a ladder and decrease the number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities. Commons errors that can result in falls and serious injuries include using the wrong ladder, not having proper support, lack of inspection, and lack of training. Whether you are at home or work, it is important to understand how to prevent ladder-related injuries. ALI encourages people in the workplace to inspect their ladders and train their employees on ladder safety. Some basic ladder safety tips include:

  • Stay off a ladder if you feel tired, dizzy, or a are prone to losing balance
  • Do not use ladders in high winds or storms
  • Wear clean-slip resistant shoes when using a ladder
  • Inspect the ladder before using it to confirm that it is in good working condition
  • Ensure that the ladder you select is the right size for the job
  • Place the ladder on firm, level ground without any type of slippery condition present
  • Read the label for safety information about the ladder before use
  • Climb up and down the ladder slowly and deliberately
  • Never attempt to move a ladder while standing on it
  • Guard doorways near any ladder so it cannot be open and knock you off

Most factors that contribute to falls from ladders involve haste, sudden movement, lack of attention, condition of the ladder, the user’s age or physical condition, and the user’s footwear. It is important to keep this safety information in mind to reduce your chances of falling off a ladder. Work and home ladder-related injuries are a common occurrence, yet can be easily prevented by putting the right foot forward and taking steps to ensure your safety. If you or a loved one have suffered a ladder-related injury at work, you may be able to receive financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and even lost future earnings. The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are equipped to fight on your behalf and provide you the legal representation you deserve. Contact one of our attorneys today at one of our three Central Illinois offices in Champaign, Danville, or Kankakee to discuss your available options.