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 Fact Sheet - Ladder Safety

 

In one week in May 2011, three B.C. workers died after falling from ladders. Though these incidents are currently being investigated, this tragic cluster of fatalities highlights the potential danger of familiar equipment like ladders and how a fall, even from a low height, can result in serious injuries and even death. Following are WorkSafeBC statistics for injury claims due to falls from ladders in B.C. for a 10-year period (2001-2010).

Accepted claims by sector, year of injury and accident type (fall from ladder) 2001-2010

Industry Sector
All claims
Serious injuries
% of serious injuries
Construction (Sector 72)
3,749
2,094
55.8%
Service (Sector 76)
2,114
1,057
50.0%
Trade (Sector 74)
1,347
579
42.9%
Manufacturing (Sector 71)
1,230
552
44.8%
Primary Resources (Sector 70)
428
267
62.3%
Transportation and Warehousing (Sector
354
185
52.2%
Public Sector
181
80
44.1%
TOTAL - All Sectors
9,403
4,814
51.1%

The sector with the highest number of accepted injury claims for falls from ladders is Construction, but a closer look at industry classes reveals that ladder falls are a concern in a many other industry areas. Following is a list of the industry classes with the most ladder fall claims.

Top 20 industry classes (CUs) for accepted ladder fall claims 2001-2010
Industry classification (CU number) All claims Serious injuries % Serious claims
House or Other Wood Frame General Contracting, Construction or Renovation Work (721027) 748 436 58.2%
General Retail (not elsewhere specified) (741013) 532 241 45.3%
Painting or Wallpapering (721041) 443 277 62.5%
Plumbing, Heating, Vent, Residential Air Conditioning, or Central Vacuum System Installation or Repair (721043) 400 165 41.2%
Electrical Work (721019) 383 180 46.9%
Industrial, Commercial, Institutional or Highrise Residential General Contracting or Construction (721028) 261 136 52.1%
Steep Slope Roofing (721051) 214 148 69.1%
Framing or Residential Forming (721024) 188 112 59.5%
Siding, Awning, or Gutter Installation, Service, or Repair (721049) 177 106 59.8%
Supermarket (741025) 167 64 38.3%
Public School District (765008) 163 74 45.3%
Orchard (701017) 162 114 70.3%
Restaurant or Other Dining Establishment (761035) 157 62 39.4%
Local Government and Related Operations (753004) 145 61 42.0%
Department Store (741008) 130 50 38.4%
Drywalling or Acoustic Board Installation (721018) 121 78 64.4%
Building Management, Building Rental, or Mobile Home Parks and Strata Corporations (761033) 113 79 69.9%
General Trucking (not elsewhere specified) (732019) 101 64 63.3%
Low Slope Roofing (721036) 100 62 62.0%
Home Improvement Centre (741014) 100 40 40.9%

Fatalities from ladder falls
Since 2001 there have been 13 accepted fatal claims for falls from ladders. They were in these sectors:

    • Primary Resources: 2
    • Construction: 6
    • Trade: 1
    • Service sector: 4

What is a serious injury?
WorkSafeBC's criteria for classifying an accepted claim as serious are:

    • long duration of wage loss (28-plus days)
    • high health care costs (equal to or greater than the cost of 28 days of wage loss)
    • a serious medical diagnosis (one of 275 selected ICD-9 codes)
    • or a fatality

Serious injury facts

    • More than 1 in 2 injury claims for falls from ladders in B.C. meets the serious injury criteria
    • Provincially, for all claims in all sectors, just under 1 in 3 claims meets the serious injury criteria

Fact Sheet - Ladder Safety 2001-2010 (PDF 354 KB)
Source: WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC

 
 

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