Ladders

LaddersWhat are ladder hazards?

Falls from ladders are common to virtually all industries. Ladders can be at the root of incidents when:

  • they are not held, tied off, or otherwise secured
  • they are slippery and workers lose their footings on rungs or steps
  • workers do not hold on to the ladder properly when climbing
  • workers take unsafe positions (such as leaning out too far)
  • ladders are kept in service with defects
  • high winds cause them to topple
  • stabilizers are not used when appropriate

What the law says

The misuse of ladders can result in long-term musculoskeletal disorders, electrical contact, or falls from height. The consequences can range from minor mishaps to death.

Employers are required by Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to take every reasonable precaution to protect workers from hazards, including those hazards related to ladders. They must provide information and instruction and ensure that workers properly use the required equipment. Employers, supervisors and workers can be prosecuted for not complying with the law. The construction, industrial and mining regulations each contain detailed requirements for ladder safety.

How ladder hazards can affect your business

An injury, even a minor one, can cost your business a great deal. When you add up things like replacement staff, lost productivity and equipment damages, the cost can increase to four times the original cost of the injury claim according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. That’s much more than the cost of a new ladder or a ladder training course for your workers.

What can you do?

With appropriate care and maintenance, training and experience, workers can use ladders safely. Ontario’s health and safety associations have training and other resources available to help you control ladder hazards.

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

Training

Fall Prevention Safety

Fall Prevention Safety

Variety of offerings for workers and instructors including in-class theory and practical components. Price: Varies per program.
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E-Courses

Ladder Safety (English) (40 minutes)

Ladder Safety (English) (40 minutes)

This course provides a practical introduction to working safety with ladders (step, extension, and fixed ladders).
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$40.00

Ladder Safety (French) (40 minutes)

Ladder Safety (French) (40 minutes)

This course provides a practical introduction to working safety with ladders (step, extension, and fixed ladders).
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$40.00

Downloads

Falls Infographic Poster

Falls Infographic Poster

Did you know that there were more than 10,000 Lost time injuries resulting from Falls in Ontario in 2012? The cost was more than $73.2-million. Download this free Falls Awareness poster for an eye-opening look at some of the stats around falling in the workplace, and what your business can do about it.

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Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety

This guideline explains the types of ladders that you might have in your workplace and their proper use.
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