The slick, small foot surface area of a ladder rung is one of the most dangerous places to be. When an employee must work on a ladder, a fall can cause devastating injuries — traumatic brain injury, back and spinal injuries, paralysis, and internal organ damage, to name a few.

Because of the potential for such serious consequences, prevention of falls from elevation have been the subject of regulation in an effort to reduce these incidents – see OSHA-1926-1053-a6i.

Please note: Some anti-slip measures like corrugated, knurled, or dimpled metal and gritted tape lose anti-slip properties when exposed to foot traffic. The metal ridges or grits that are meant to grip footwear simply wear down and become smooth. Inspection of current conditions is required and may reveal a need for a retrofit anti-slip cover.

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!

According to the Maritime Injury Guide, “slips and falls aboard vessels can lead to several serious injuries. The unfortunate fact is that some companies and employers tend to cut corners in areas of safety in order to save money, which leads to injuries that should have never happened.”

That’s just wrong. We have several ways to prevent marine slips-and-falls.

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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