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Stair To Ladder Replacement

Make an informed decision by comparing the cost to replace your ladders with alternating tread stairs to the cost of a ladder injury.

Alternating Tread Stairs

Ladders

Ladder cost calculator
Alternating tread stairs
Alternating tread stairs

✔ Face-forward design

✔ Neutral body posture

✔ Hand contact not required

✔ Stable tread surface

Ladders
Ladders

☓ Device-facing design

☓ Flexed body posture

☓ 3-point contact required

☓ Increased fall risk

Falls from ladders account for 20% of all fatal and lost work-day injuries in general industry Source: OSHA 2017 Updates to General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards (Federal Registry, Vol. 61, No. 223)
Types of injuries due to ladders
19,630

Lost work-day injuries due to ladders

23

Median days away from work per injury

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018 Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Database

Ladders and MSDs

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health defines a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) as a soft-tissue injury caused by sudden or sustained exposure to repetitive motion, force, vibration, and awkward positions

1,680

MSDs due to ladders resulting in lost work days

2500

Lost work-day injuries caused by overexertion on ladders

$90,000

Average cost of a MSD worker's comp claim

38

Median days away from work

45

Median days away from work

100%

MSDs that can be prevented

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018 Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Database; Center for Disease Control

About The Ladder Replacement Cost Calculator

The use-risk factor and expected cost calculation are for illustrative purposes only. Many factors contribute to the risk of ladder injuries including proper ladder use, ladder conditions, and the use of a personal fall arrest system. 

Calculator assumptions
Average number of non-fatal workplace injuries per year due to ladders22,594SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Average number of fatal workplace injuries per year due to ladders149SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Average number of non-fatal workplace injuries per year due to stairs11,361SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Average number of fatal workplace injuries per year due to stairs25SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Total number of full-time employees in general industry123,000,000SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Average cost of a worker's compensation claim for a non-fatal injury$41,000SOURCE: National Safety Council
Average cost of a worker's compensation claim for a fatal injury$1,190,000SOURCE: National Safety Council
Number of non-fatal ladder injuries per year per full-time employee0.00018❶ ÷ ❺
Number of fatal ladder injuries per year per full-time employee0.00000121❷ ÷ ❺
Number of non-fatal stair injuries per year per full-time employee0.00009❸ ÷ ❺
Number of fatal stair injuries per year per full-time employee0.00000020❹ ÷ ❺
Average cost of ladder-related worker's compensation claims per full-time employee$8.97(❶ x ❻)+ (❷ x ❼)
Average cost of stair-related worker's compensation claims per full-time employee$4.03(❸ x ❻)+ (❹ x ❼)
Average cost of a 10' OSHA-compliant stair$2,000

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