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Ladder Safety

Related keywords: Portable Ladders

Smiling woman wearing a hood and jacket on a tripod orchard ladder picking apples on a clear, blue sky day.
Tripod ladders used in Agriculture and other industries are a common source of injuries when not set up and used properly.

Creative Commons image courtesy of Richmond Farm School on Flickr.

Every year, many workers in Washington State are seriously injured from falling off ladders at work. These injuries include dislocated limbs, broken bones, head injuries and in a few cases some workers even die from their injuries. These accidents occur because:

  • The ladder moves, falls over, or is set up improperly; or
  • The worker slips on the rungs, overreaches, or carries objects while climbing the ladder; or
  • The worker stands on the top cap of the ladder; or
  • The ladder being used is not in good condition.

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