Taking the Time to Plan for Safe Work

At Helmkamp’ s monthly safety meeting, we highlighted two examples of Helmkamp leadership and taking time to plan for safe work. We also discussed proper use of ladders and ladder inspection requirements.

HCC leadership example: Managing a safe job is the fastest and clearest way to succeed; 2 examples HCC leaders showing up ready for success:

  • Detailed lift plan; use of telehandler to set structural steel; requested documentation for qualified crane operator and identified 2 issues that otherwise would not been identified if not for pre-planning
  • Steel erection pre-con meeting held with sub-contractor setting very clear expectation prior to their arrival to jobsite

April is Ladder Safety Month! All ladders shall be inspected prior to use:

  • Side rails in good condition
  • Steps or Rungs Not Loose or Damages
  • Spreader Braces Not Damaged and Fully Opened
  • Screw, Rivets, or Bolts, not missing or damaged
  • Ladder Free from Oil, Grease, or Slippery Material
  • Manufacturer’s labels, warnings, and ratings are legible
  • Movable Parts free from splinter, cracks, decay
  • Non-Slip Feet In Good Condition
  • Bracing Front/Rear is not loose, bent, broken, or missing
  • Top is not loose, cracked, or missing

2 most common ladder incidents include:

  • Missing the last step when climbing down
  • Overreaching

NEVER allow unacceptable risk on your project!

  • Stay within reach
  • 3-point contact/take time climbing/don’t skip steps
  • Use right size ladder
  • Place ladder on firm level ground

The number speak for themselves:

  • +700 - ladder injuries everyday
  • 113 - Deaths caused by fall each year
  • 6-10 ft. - most common ladder fall happen between 6 and 10 feet