Occupational Health Watch: March 2019
Preventing Falls from Ladders
For a school district custodian who was cleaning windows, the wrong-sized ladder and a lack of training had tragic and fatal consequences. You can read what went wrong and see prevention recommendations in the California Fatality Assessment and Evaluation Control (FACE)
Falls from ladders caused 836 fatalities in the U.S. from 2011 through 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workers most at risk for falls from ladders are those in construction, maintenance, and repair.
Employers and workers can use our ladder safety resources below and can also plan to participate in the
National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls during the week of May 6-10. You can order
hard hat stickers and develop a
5-day plan for your jobsite.
Photo: Ensuring a proper ladder extension set-up angle can prevent falls.
Mobile ladder safety app – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Step (PDF) and
extension (PDF) ladder tailgate training cards – OHB and BuildSafe
Preventing Falls Through Skylights and in the
Solar Industry – California FACE action pages
Lead's Revenge: Training Video on Lead Paint and Ladder Safety – OHB
Falls in the Workplace – NIOSH topic page
Portable Ladder Safety eTool – Cal/OSHA website
Email Occupational Health Watch (OHW@cdph.ca.gov) with feedback or change of address.