The importance of inspection and proper use of ladders is often minimized because ladders are common tools around the house and on the job site.
Statistics Concerning Ladder Dangers
+ According to the World Health Organization, the United States leads the world in ladder deaths. Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders.
+ Most ladder deaths are from falls of 10 feet or less.
+ Falls from ladders are the leading cause of deaths on construction sites.
+ Over the past decade, the number of people who have died from falls from ladders has tripled.
+ Falls from ladders are the leading cause of ladder-related injuries, followed by using a ladder improperly, using a faulty or defective ladder, and simple carelessness.
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