Often, we share statistics to report on our company’s performance. Today, the concerning topic we are measuring is employee safety.
In 2020, twelve of our employees suffered ladder-related injuries.
Four of these occurred in the month of July alone. Several of these incidents were serious enough that our technicians had to spend multiple nights in the hospital, and some required surgery.
The old saying “It’s as easy as falling off a ladder” is sadly, too true. Falling from a ladder is no joke – the height and resulting power of impact can result in lasting physical impairment and chronic pain.
Ladder safety, which includes being up to date on protocols, should always be practiced. Operating portable ladders with moving parts demands your respect and full attention.
If you’re not sure you are using the ladders correctly or have any question – please stop immediately and ask for help.
Call your manager or Safety for assistance. We want everyone to be able to their jobs safely.
Watch out for your co-workers as well. If you see your teammate using a ladder incorrectly, point it out and show them the proper procedure. If they continue to work unsafely, contact your manager. It’s better to be careful than to lose a friend.
In July all techs were sent a Safety Alert by EHS, Director Michael Lyman. This is valuable reference material to review. Your managers are available if you have additional questions. Below you will also find information from OSHA on portable ladder use.
Please read this carefully and ask yourself if you are doing all you can to protect yourself and your co-workers. If you find areas you can improve, make those changes today. Your family, co-workers, and community are counting on you.