Ryan Moss, ALI president, indicated that ladder accidents are usually related to silly mistakes that people can make when they’re not paying attention.
“Reported incidents taken from the American Ladder Institute’s 2016 research study showed the two most common causes of ladder accidents are overreaching and missing the last step when descending the ladder,” Moss explained. “These two common mistakes can be minimized with proper training. We recommend that those who use ladders at home and on the job are educated and trained on the proper use, care and selection of ladders.”
1 in 3 say businesses value productivity over safety
Businesses have to balance safety with productivity, but according to separate polling data, a rather substantial percentage of workers feel that their employer puts more emphasis on the latter rather than the former. Approximately 33 percent of respondents said they believed their workplace placed greater importance on output as opposed to safety protocols. However, among workers in the construction industry – as well as hunting, forestry and fishing – the share was closer to 66 percent. Specifically, 62 percent of respondents in one of these industries said “management does only the minimum required by law to keep employees safe.”
“Every employee deserves a safe workplace,” stressed Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO. “While some of our findings were encouraging, others were a stark reminder of how far we still have to go to ensure safety is every employer’s highest priority.”
Among all respondents, 70 percent indicated that they participated in training exercises on the job at some point.
“Falls are the top cause of injuries deaths among older people.”
7 million older Americans injured by falls per year
Of course, falls can happen outside of the workplace and frequently affect those who aren’t as steady on their feet, having advanced in years. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the No. 1 cause of injuries and deaths among older Americans is falls. In 2014, approximately 7 million seniors were injured, costing $31 billion in health care expenses.
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