Ladders come in all shapes and sizes; and much like safety boots, the proper equipment for the job is vital. If you’ve worked any hands-on profession long enough you’ve been on a ladder and you’ve probably experienced or witnessed a not-so-safe, scary moment with a co-worker or employee - maybe even a fall. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, ladder falls accounted for 30 percent of disabling workplace falls from a height in 2011. OSHA accounts that falls are a leading cause of death in construction every year and that falls from ladders make up nearly a third of those. So it’s important to know the major causes of most ladder falls and what you can do to help yourself and others avoid injury and stay safe when using any type of ladder.

5 Most Common Causes of Ladder Accidents

  1. Losing footing
  2. Failing to grip the ladder properly
  3. Improper body position while on the ladder
  4. Improper placement of ladder on slippery surface
  5. Using a damaged ladder

The above are pretty basic and probably didn't surprise you. Why? Cause they're common sense. But since accidents are still happening workers must be thinking it's not going to happen to them - and that's probably cause it hasn't happened YET. But bad practices eventually lead to injury so it's best to learn, instruct and enforce the correct way for using this commonly used vital piece of equipment.