Let Good Practices Climb to the Top of Your Priorities During Ladder Safety Month

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Today marks the beginning of the fourth annual National Ladder Safety Month, a month-long campaign to promote ladder safety training. This is a topic of utmost importance to everyone in the home building industry as ladder accidents comprise a huge percentage of jobsite injuries and OSHA citations. The American Ladder Institute (ALI) is the presenting sponsor of Ladder Safety Month, and NAHB is now a supporting sponsor. 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 comprises 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 marketing@americanladderinstitute.org to be featured on its Participation Map. Ladder Safety Resources ALI provides a variety of free resources to use at home, in the office or on the jobsite. NAHB also has video and written resources for safe ladder use on the jobsite. For more information on jobsite safety issues, contact Rob Matuga.  

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