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The American Ladder Institute estimates that about 500,000 ladder accidents occur annually in this country, resulting in almost 300 fatalities and $11 billion in injury costs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says 20 percent of all fatal and lost workday injuries in general industry are due to falls from ladders. In this module we will explore some methods to help mitigate and prevent certain injuries while working with ladders. OSHA standard for ladders (29 CFR 1926.1053) describes the safety requirements for working with and maintaining different kinds of fixed and portable ladders. It includes details like the weight loads, the allowable space between rungs and when cages are required.

Bloodborne Pathogens - with proper precautions, they can be avoided.