At least five construction workers in the U.S. will get injured today while using a ladder, according to recent estimates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Builders need to make every effort to ensure such injuries never occur on their watch, but especially this week during the National Safety Stand-Down.
Before the week is through, builders are encouraged to dedicate at least 10-15 minutes to speak with their crews onsite and reinforce the importance of fall protection.
NAHB, in collaboration with the Job-Site Safety Institute and the National Housing Endowment, made this an easy task by creating a brief “Toolbox Talk” video on ladder safety. The six-minute video is a quick and simple way to start the discussion about the dos and don’ts of ladder usage, including how to:
- Identify which type of ladder is best suited for certain jobs
- Calculate a ladder’s workload capacity
- Determine the maximum reaching height
- Inspect and maintain each ladder to ensure quality
- Establish proper footing for different surfaces
Both the English and Spanish versions of the video can be viewed here. Additional Toolbox Talk videos highlighting jobsite safety tips on other topics will be coming soon.
More information about the National Safety Stand-Down, including training guides, videos and step-by-step resources on how to conduct your own stand-down are available at nahb.org/safetystanddown.