Every year, more workers are injured in falls from ladders than from any other elevated surface, including roofs, scaffolds, balconies, and even stairs.
So far this year, falls from ladders have seriously injured eight Oregon workers, but all of the injuries could have been prevented.
Most falls from ladders happen because workers select the wrong type of ladder for their job or they improperly set up the ladder. Oregon OSHA requires employers to ensure that a competent person trains workers who use ladders, but too often the training is overlooked because of the time-worn assumption that no one will get hurt.
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This might also be a good time to list seven typical ways workers are injured on portable ladders: