This summer OSHA is promoting two new job site safety programs. The first is OSHA’s National Stand Down. The week of June 2nd thru 6th will be their week to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. In 2012, 269 construction worker fatalities out of a total 775 were caused by falls. Many of those deaths were preventable by proper job planning and instruction. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2012. Here is a link to planning a step down program for your organization.
In conjunction with this program they are concurrently promoting OSHA’s Plan, Provide, Train program. Using OSHA’s three simple step program, many job related falls can be prevented. OSHA’s website is part of a nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. Plan ahead to get the job done safely. Provide the right equipment equipment. Train everyone to use the safety equipment safely. Three simple steps that save lives.
Coach Tom Izzo who has cut down many nets at NCAA finals is helping Werner promote their new fiberglass Podium ladder. Ideal for working at fixed heights and easier to maneuver than scaffolds or lifts. Another advantage this fiberglass podium ladder offers in non conductivity. Fiberglass does not conduct electricity, so it is much safer to use around electrical sources than highly-conductive aluminum. The extra-large podium platform with toe guard feels like you are standing on the ground and 4X Work Zone allows you to work facing any direction. This podium ladder features full aluminum bracing and a full set of rear horizontals. The extended guardrail provides an extra point of contact and conveniently organizes tools and accessories. The newly designed EDGE360™ gives the bottom of the ladder protection from every angle with integrated rail shield, EDGE bracing and over-sized foot pads.
Using a platform type ladder reduces fatigue, increases productivity, and is safer than a standard step ladder.
WernerCo. has introduced a new platform ladder called the Podium which is ideal for working at fixed heights and is designed to provide a full range of motion while providing protection at every angle.
The Podium ladder uses the LOCKTOP™ design which organizes tools at the top of the ladder which also functions as an integrated waist-high guard rail that securely wraps around the work zone. The ladder also features the EDGE360™ bracing system that gives protection from every angle on the over-sized platform which allows four times the work zone then a standard ladder.
Mark Peters, Director of Marketing at WernerCo. stated that “We designed our new Podium Ladder to help prevent misuse and falls. While safety is the most important feature, we also know that comfort, mobility and access are important to our customers who have to stand on a ladder for extended periods of time. The new Podium Ladder includes an actual standing platform vs. a traditional ladder step that allows for increased reach and range of motion. The best part, it feels like the user is standing on the ground instead of on a ladder.”
The Podium ladder is also equipped with a full set of rear horizontals, full aluminum bracing and is manufactured with seven-layer fiberglass construction. The Podium has a 300lb load capacity which includes user and materials and has a Type 1A duty rating.