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Progress toward a multi-use educational intervention for reducing injury risk in the set-up and use of extension ladders.

Lineberry-GT; Wiehagen-B; Scharf-T; McCann-M
ICOH 2002 Oct; :64
A vast majority of adults use extension ladders, either at home or at work, but only rarely are individuals offered training in safe extension ladder set-up and use. Furthermore, extension ladders are used in many different ways, under a variety of work and environmental conditions, and for many different construction and repair tasks. A multiple-use educational intervention for extension ladder set-up and use, in the form of two sets of guidelines, has been developed at the University of Kentucky. Members of the project team included representatives from the University of Kentucky, NIOSH, Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance (KEMI), the Center to Protect Workers' Rights, and the Werner (Ladder) Company. Focus groups composed of workers from small construction companies have identified conflicting knowledge about procedures to set-up and use extension ladders and especially about their assessment of risk in the context of ladder use, both for access to an upper level and for use as a working platform. Based on these interviews, the co-authors have created a practical training intervention in the form of two sets of simply-worded guidelines, each grouped into manageable numbers of tasks and subtasks. Practical uses of the guidelines will be offered and results of a recent prioritization of these subtasks by experienced safety professionals familiar with ladder safety will be summarized. Lessons learned during application of these guidelines in tool-box sessions (field trials) with two experienced groups of ladder users employed by small construction companies in Kentucky will be briefly described.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Ladders; Training; Work-environment; Environmental-factors; Risk-factors; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Accident-prevention
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Best Practices in Occupational Safety and Health, Education, Training, and Communication: Ideas That Sizzle, 6th International Conference, Scientific Committee on Education and Training in Occupational Health, ICOH, In Cooperation with The International Communication Network, ICOH, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, October 28-30, 2002