What Can Happen to You
"My uncle worked in construction, he fell off a ladder and broke his back, now he is in a wheelchair."
Falls from ladders are usually sudden and painful. Lack of training and unsafe work practices such as reaching out too far or working off unstable ladders are common causes of falls. Think of the injuries you will most likely experience when you hit the ground below: fractures, broken bones, cuts and being "knocked out".
How to Keep Yourself Safe
You are responsible for following the training and safe work practices of your teachers and employers.
Do not be afraid to ask questions. If you don't know or you're not sure, ask your teacher or foreman before starting your work.
1. Get Trained On
- Basic Types of Portable Ladders and Using Them Safely
- Selecting the Correct Ladder for the Specific Job
- Inspecting the Ladder Before Use
- Positioning the Ladder Correctly
- Using Safe Work Practices
2. Make Good Choices
- Always follow your training.
- Give your undivided attention to your tasks. Do not rush, daydream, "horse around" or take any chances or shortcuts.
- Wear appropriate footwear.
- Immediately report anything you see or think is unsafe, to your teacher or supervisor.
- If you feel pain or suffer an injury, report it right away to your teacher or foreman.
For more information on how to keep yourself safe, read Best Practices, Training Topics for Teachers and Employers.