B.C. had 1,138 accepted claims from ladder falls in 2018
WorkSafeBC is reminding workers, employers and the general public to use ladders safely during this holiday season, both on the job and at home.
As a best practice, select the appropriate ladder for the job and ensure that the ladder is long enough to extend one metre above the upper landing.
WorkSafeBC also reminded workers and the public to inspect a ladder before using it; always set up a ladder on a firm, level surface; maintain three-point contact while climbing the ladder; and wear slip-proof footwear.
“Everyone can reduce the risk of injury by choosing the right ladder for the job, ensuring it’s in good working condition, and taking the time to set it up and use safely,” said Barry Nakahara, senior manager of Prevention Field Services at WorkSafeBC. “Falls from ladders are a common source of injury in B.C., particularly at this time of year when winter weather conditions pose hazards.”
It’s also important not to carry heavy or bulky objects while climbing up or down a ladder and ensure a distance of a minimum of three metres from power lines while on the ladder.
In 2018, there were 1,138 accepted claims as a result of falls from ladders across all industries in B.C.
“Stay safe this holiday season,” said Nakahara. “Before putting up holiday lights and decorations at heights, think about ladder safety.”