Falls account for nearly half of work related incidents internationally.
In South Africa, statistics show that fall incidents, the largest category (over 20%) are falls that involve ladders or the improper use of ladders.
Statistics in the USA show that over 50% from ladders are from ladders of 10' or lower.
Research shows that in over 40% of ladder incidents, the cause is that the user was not properly trained on ladder usage. In 70% of incidents, this lack of training is coupled with unsafe equipment.
Ladders are the second highest category of incidents in SA. (FEM Statistics 2019-2021).
These ladder incidents are frequently fatal. When not fatal, they can incur costs (medical, disability, pension etc.) in excess of R6 million. Such incidents contribute to an increase of over 300% to COID premiums.
FEM has given the Institute for Work at Heights a grant for ladder training. This falls part of FEM's Zero in Accident campaign. Contrary to what some employers believe, training is required for ladder users.
The Ladder Training Academy uses an IWH PB approved training course to ensure your employees are properly trained for working at heights. We also provide fall prevention training.
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Rob Urquhart, owner of TLTA has been in the work at height industry for over 30 years. His company, Ultra High Level Cleaning Services, uses ladders almost everyday.
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