Safety: Ladders and Scaffolds
Tools, Ladders, Work
Ladders and scaffolds are useful tools and a safe method to access elevated spaces when used properly. Ladders are very familiar to many workers and are often misused and abused. Scaffolds, appearing more stable and providing a larger work platform than ladders, seem even easier and safer to use. Misuses of both of these items can result in painful workplace injuries.
When you consider the cost of replacing damaged equipment, the loss of a productive worker, lost production, possible damage to customer property and the potential tarnished image that an accident may have in the eyes of your customer, it makes sense to prevent these losses instead of continually trying to overcome their costly results.
Following are some general Ladder and Scaffold Safety guidelines which you, as a business owner or manager need to practice, as well as every customary ladder/scaffold user who considers his/her health and safety. The OSHA regulations concerning ladders and scaffolds can be obtained by accessing OSHA's web site.
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