Falls from ladders account for about 20,000 injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. each year, so it’s no surprise that ladder safety is getting its own month in March.
OSHA staff will discuss lessons from the field during a safety symposium on March 2 at the OSHA Education Center at the University of Texas, Arlington – but you don’t have to be in Texas to take it in.
The discussion, which will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m., will also be live-streamed and can be viewed online. The event is organized in conjunction with the American Ladder Institute’s declaration of March as Ladder Safety Month.
During the symposium, OSHA area directors Jack Rector and Basil Singh will share stories of ladder-related tragedies they have witnessed, along with ways those incidents could have been prevented.
Ladder safety will also be an important component of OSHA’s annual National Safety Stand-Down set for May 8 through 12.