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Reduce the Risk of Falling from Ladders

Working, climbing or staying on a ladder is risky business and calls for a high level of slip resistance on the rungs as the footing is concentrated on a very small area.

Therefore, it is extra important to make sure that these steps are not smooth and slippery. If you slip, there is also the height factor to take into consideration.

Whether it is free standing or fixed, you will also be affected by using one or two hands to support yourself, whether you wear something, stand still and work or use it as an access point.

Self-bearing or built-in ladders will both demand the support of at least one hand. You also need to think about monkey ladder safety. Therefore, rungs must have good friction and anti-slip protection is vital!

Here is a useful quick guide on safety from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Reduce the risk and check out our fixed anti slip ladder security covers below.

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Case study: Esvagt

ESVAGT was founded in 1981 and has a fleet of more than 40 vessels – supporting the offshore wind, oil and gas industries with a wide range of specialised services.

We delivered a safety upgrade on ladders of various sizes, along with anti-slip walkway covers for the top landing areas, and increased visibility and anti-slip safety on existing steel gratings of differing levels.

Industry Insight: Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls (STF) are the primary source of injuries at work.

The number of these accidents is still high – despite measures set out by legislative requirements, best practices guidelines, and organisational policies to prevent STF accidents across industries like: maritime, offshore installations, water treatment plants etc.

One of the most critical factors having an impact on STF is the slipperiness of the handrails, guardrails, walkways, decks, stairs, and surface of ladders.¹

Anti-slip management options

Research has shown that by implementing an Risk Management Option such as Real Safety’s anti-slip solutions on stairs and ladders, the probability of STFs in a potential slip event is reduced from 10 % to 0.1 %. 

¹ Master Thesis: Reducing Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Maritime Industry and Offshore Installations – Best Practice. Author: Tanja Rasmussen, Master of Risk and Safety Management, Aalborg University. 2021.

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