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Workplace Ladder Falls Remain Leading Cause of Injury, Death

April 25, 2014 — A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that workplace ladder falls remain a leading cause of injury in the general population and among workers, particularly construction workers.

In the last decade, about 43% of deadly falls in the workplace involved ladders and about 20% of injuries in the workplace involve ladders.

In 2011, the CDC found that workplace ladder falls caused 113 deaths (0.09 per 100,000 full-time workers), approximately 15,460 non-fatal injuries resulting in at least one day of missed work, and about 34,000 non-fatal injuries treated in a hospital emergency department.

The injuries disproportionately affected construction workers — especially Hispanics, people who were self-employed, and employees of small businesses. Of all construction workers who fell and had to be treated in an emergency room, 81% involved ladders. Nearly 90% occurred at heights under 16 feet.

The researchers said that many ladder falls could be prevented. Workers and their employers should take precautions, including:

  • Minimizing use of a ladder by doing as much work as possible on the ground.
  • Provide alternatives to ladders, such as aerial lifts.
  • Inspect the ladder and check safety features before using it.
  • Carefully select the location of the ladder.
  • Train workers on how to safely use a ladder.

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