Alternating tread stairs versus ladders

Fall from ladders account for 20% of all fatal and lost work-day injuries in general industry.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Alternating tread stairs versus ladders

Fall from ladders account for 20% of all fatal and lost work-day injuries in general industry.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Alternating Tread Stairs vs Ladders

Alternating tread stairs


Face-forward design

Neutral body posture

Hand contact not required

Stable tread surface

Ladders


Device-facing design

Flexed body posture

3-point contact required

Increased fall risk

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

Ladders and fall injuries

Ladders are consistently one of OSHA's top ten most cited violations for general industry. The need to address the hazard they present in the workplace was one of the reasons for the 2017 update to the Walking-Working Surfaces standard. (Source: Federal Registry, Vol. 61, No. 223)

378,400
Workplace injuries due to falls from a fixed ladder (vs. 22,700 from stairs)

Center for Disease Control, 2017

24,800
Number of fixed ladder fall injuries that required hospitalization

Center for Disease Control, 2017

45
Median days missed for injuries due to ladder falls

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011-2016

0
Number of fall injuries due to stairs that required hospitalization

Center for Disease Control, 2017

Ladders and musculoskeletal disorders

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

12,7000
Total MSDs due to ladders (vs. 740 due to stairs)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011-16

$90,000
Average cost of a MSD-related workers’ compensation claim

Center for Disease Control

12
Median days missed for MSD injuries (vs. 8 for non-MSD injuries)

Bureau of Labor Statistics

100%
Percent of MSDs that could be prevented

Center for Disease Control

Ladders and fall injuries

Ladders are consistently one of OSHA's top ten most cited violations for general industry. The need to address the hazard they present in the workplace was one of the reasons for the 2017 update to the Walking-Working Surfaces standard. (Source: Federal Registry, Vol. 61, No. 223)

378,400
Workplace injuries due to falls from a fixed ladder (vs. 22,700 from stairs)

Center for Disease Control, 2017

24,800
Number of fixed ladder fall injuries that required hospitalization

Center for Disease Control, 2017

45
Median days missed for injuries due to ladder falls

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011-2016

0
Number of fall injuries due to stairs that required hospitalization

Center for Disease Control, 2017

Ladders and musculoskeletal disorders

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

12,7000
Total MSDs due to ladders (vs. 740 due to stairs)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011-16

$90,000
Average cost of a MSD-related workers’ compensation claim

Center for Disease Control

12
Median days missed for MSD injuries (vs. 8 for non-MSD injuries)

Bureau of Labor Statistics

100%
Percent of MSDs that could be prevented

Center for Disease Control

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