010: 4.5k Extension Ladder Fine

In Episode 10 of OSHA OPPS, join safety expert Michael Crawley as he discusses the importance of ladder safety at the worksite and how one company could have avoided $4,500 in OSHA fines with a nickel’s worth of twine.


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The $4.5K Citation

In this episode, we are talking about a company that was cited because they failed to secure their extension ladder. 

“The employer failed to ensure the 24-foot extension ladder was tied, held, block or secured while descending and ascending the second story roof at the construction job site. Exposing employees to a fall more than 15 feet to the ground below.”

For a VERY small amount, this employer could have avoided this fine and kept their employees safe. 


Safe Ladder Use

With the correct training and securing, blocking, and locking off the ladder, this company could have saved $4.5k

Safe Ladder Use:

  • Maintain a 3-point contact
  • Face the ladder when climbing up or descending
  • Keep the body inside the side rails
  • Use extra care when getting on or off the ladder at the top or bottom
  • Carry tools in a belt or raise tools up using a hand line. Never carry tools in your hands when climbing up/down a ladder
  • Extend the top of the ladder 3 feet above the landing
  • Keep ladders free of any slippery material

 “Workers who use extension ladders risk permanent injury or death from falls and electrocutions. These hazards can be eliminated or substantially reduced by following good safety practices”

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