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The leading causes of private sector worker deaths (excluding highway collisions) in the construction industry were falls.

Hazard:
Falls from portable ladders are a major source of injury in the workplace. They are usually more serious than other physical injuries in the workplace, and more costly for everyone in terms of time loss, compensation costs and human suffering.

Applicable OSHA Standards violated:

  • 1910.23(c)(7) Ladders placed in locations such as passageways, doorways, or driveways where they can be displaced by other activities or traffic
  • 1910.23(c)(7)(i) Are secured to prevent accidental displacement; or
  • 1910.23(c)(7)(ii) Are guarded by a temporary barricade, such as a row of traffic cones or caution tape, to keep the activities or traffic away from the ladder

Corrective Action:
Training and education of workers on ladder safety and proper usage will prevent hazard occurrence and recurrence.

  • 1910.23(c)(8) The top step of a stepladder is not used as a step.

Corrective Action:
Training and Education of workers on ladder safety and proper usage will prevent occurrence and recurrence.