Manuel shifted on the sofa, trying to get comfortable. The post-surgery brace on his knee restricted his movement, reducing any chance of relaxing to zero. With daytime TV reducing his brain to mush, he wondered if he would ever get back to his energetic, optimistic, pre-slip condition.

A crane operator at the aluminum extruding plant for four years, Manuel had been a reliable and punctual worker. He enjoyed the fast pace and teamwork in the plant. He and his coworkers relied on each other’s skill and timing to keep the flow of production moving without incident.

Manuel sometimes subbed for the floor lead and his supervisor encouraged him to take steps toward advancing his career. He cross-trained at every opportunity so he could one day move up to a supervisor position.

The day of the accident, Manuel was filling in for the material handler’s lunch break. When the overhead crane froze, he had to go up to the cockpit as he had hundreds of times before. He easily climbed the access ladder and rebooted the machine. It was on the way back down that his foot slipped off the rung. Manuel caught himself in time to avoid falling to the ground, but cried out in pain as his knee struck hard on the lower rung.
Safeguard Hi-Traction® anti-slip ladder rung covers stop slips that can lead to serious injury
Safeguard Hi-Traction® anti-slip ladder rung covers stop slips that can lead to serious injury

Manuel slid down the ladder to the ground. As his coworkers surrounded him, he gingerly tried to walk. Two coworkers helped to support him as he limped to the office. They applied ice to his knee and called the supervisor to report the accident. Manuel was taken to the local emergency room for treatment.

An MRI showed that Manuel had shattered his kneecap and damaged ligaments in his knee as well. Surgery would be required to rebuild the patella. The time needed for recovery and rehabilitation could be anywhere from 6 months to one year. And the cost for medical treatment alone would amount to more than $40,000.

With all the training on safe practices and warnings about dangers present in his workplace, Manuel never thought he would be taken down by a slip-and-fall injury. Even companies who take safety seriously sometimes overlook the very real danger that slick surfaces pose. The good news is that slips can be prevented without a lot of expense or disruption to production schedules. For example, anti-slip ladder rung covers can be installed on fixed ladders to protect the workers that need to use them.

Workers like Manuel are worth protecting. Get started today.

So many aspects of ladder safety to focus on for Ladder Safety Month … there are over 130,000 emergency room visits each year due to ladder-related injuries according to The American Ladder Institute. We believe that you can help reduce that number simply by installing Safeguard’s Hi-Traction Anti-Slip Ladder Rung Covers on fixed ladders, especially in environments with water, oil, or dust making things slippery.

Celebrate Ladder Safety Month – request a sample cover today!

One of Safeguard’s very first customers is the largest tank barge operator in the United States.
Their safety policy states that all injuries and accidents can be prevented. A goal of zero injuries is considered realistic and obtainable.

With this goal in mind, Safeguard was consulted with regard to slippery ladders on single point mooring systems (SPM). SPMs are large buoys, permanently anchored to the seabed, with bearings that allow rotation so that a moored vessel can freely swivel. They can also include hoses for fluid transfer.

SPM access ladders are always wet, posing a slip-and-fall hazard and a significant threat to a zero-injuries policy. Plus, one of the worst places for slip-and-fall accidents is in the middle of the ocean!

Safeguard® Hi-Traction® Anti-Slip Ladder Rung Covers provide the quick, durable, long-term solution that our customer has come to rely on. Safeguard products are trusted in critical environments like these – you can be sure they will be effective in your applications.

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