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Fall from height

FLS Safety Alert

What happened?
There has been an accident involving a fall from height while using a ladder. Initial investigation has identified failure in one of the components.
While being used as a stepladder to retrieve tools from a vehicle on a lift, one of the rubber feet broke free which caused the ladder to slip from underneath the user, and resulted in their fall onto a concrete floor from about 5 feet. They fortunately suffered only bruising and grazing.

What should I do?
Inspect any ladders you are using for work.
In particular, if you use a brand or model which has a similar design for attaching non-slip rubber feet to the legs, check the integrity of the rubber feet as they may become easily worn through use. If they are worn or damaged, the ladder must not be used until either those parts or the entire ladder has been replaced.
 

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