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.

Downloads

A Snapshot: Falls From Height Data Analysis (MOL)

A Snapshot: Falls From Height Data Analysis (MOL)

Falls from heights continue to be a major cause of injury and death in Ontario workplaces. What are the root causes of falls from heights? To answer this question, MOL analyzed the prosecution files which are prepared by ministry inspectors about fatal injuries, a data source which has not been explored before.

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Fall from Heights Fatalities Analysis (MOL)

Fall from Heights Fatalities Analysis (MOL)

The project was undertaken to better understand causes (“contributing factors”) and circumstances around falls from heights. It involved reviewing and extracting information from files prepared by ministry inspectors about fatal injuries to better understand contributing factors. This included a review of 92 fall from height fatality events that occurred from 2009 to 2016 (excludes slips, trips, staircases).

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Fall Prevention Safety Tool Kit

Fall Prevention Safety Tool Kit

Falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries and deaths in Ontario. Seventy-three workers died due to falls between 2011 and 2017.

249 KB PDF
Job Aid - Ladders

Job Aid - Ladders

Hazard awareness information relating to the use of ladders in the workplace.
106 KB PDF
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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Safety Check: Step Ladder Safety

Safety Check: Step Ladder Safety

Step ladder safety tips for workers.
488 KB PDF

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General Consulting Services

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Fall Prevention Safety

Fall Prevention Safety

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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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$29.00

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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$29.00

Articles

5 ways to add winter hazards into your slip, trip and fall prevention program

5 ways to add winter hazards into your slip, trip and fall prevention program

Slips, trips and falls consistently rank among the top four causes of workplace injuries. As temperatures drop and rain turns to snow and ice, WSPS consultant Kevin Smith offers tips on how to incorporate winter hazard considerations into your existing slip, trip and fall prevention program.

Feb 27, 2019