Become a Safety Leader During National Ladder Safety Month

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Now through March 31, the third annual National Ladder Safety Month will promote ladder safety training, and educate home owners and working professionals on the dangers of unsafe ladder use. This is a topic of utmost importance to everyone in the home building industry. The American Ladder Institute (ALI) — the only approved developer of safety standards for the U.S. ladder industry — is the presenting sponsor of Ladder Safety Month. Every year, more than 300 people die in ladder-related accidents and thousands suffer disabling injuries. Without better training and continuous innovation in safety planning and product design, we will continue to see far too many fatalities. Become a Ladder Safety Ambassador To become a Ladder Safety Ambassador, participants successfully complete ALI’s free online certification program — Ladder Safety Training. The training program is applicable for ladder use at work and at home. It teaches participants how to safely use ladders — stepladders, single and extension ladders, articulated ladders, mobile ladders, etc. — and explains how to properly select and care for a ladder. Training consists of watching four modules that demonstrate safe ladder practices on a variety of ladder types. Participants take a short quiz following each video. Successful completion of all four module exams (scoring 90% or greater) qualifies an individual to earn a ladder safety certificate. Companies, organizations and/or schools can become ALI Ladder Safety Ambassadors when 10 or more exams are successfully completed. Certified organizations receive an exclusive ALI Safety Ambassador logo and access to a robust toolkit to help spread the word about their achievement. Individuals can also proudly announce that they've earned the certification with a special "I’m Certified" graphic. Other Ways to Participate in #LadderSafetyMonth In addition to using the free resources and signing up for ALI’s free Ladder Safety Certification program, participants can use the official marketing guide and the tag #LadderSafetyMonth on social media to spread the word. If you are participating in Ladder Safety Month, email ALI at to be featured on its Participation Map. Tune into WE tv’s The Lifestyle List on March 9 to learn more about ladder safety and National Ladder Safety Month. Here’s a preview on what to expect. Ladder Safety Resources ALI provides a variety of free resources to use at home, in the office or on the jobsite: NAHB also has a video toolbox talk on ladder safety below: [bc_video video_id="5417898720001" account_id="260701690001" player_id="BJMWPKF2" embed="in-page" padding_top="56%" autoplay="" min_width="0px" max_width="640px" mute="" width="100%" height="100%" ]   Pam O’Brien is the Executive Director of the American Ladder Institute.

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