The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced the release of a new free app for mobile devices aimed at improving extension ladder safety. An app is a program that runs inside another service.
Falls from ladders are an important source of preventable construction injuries. Misjudging the ladder angle is an important risk factor for a fall. If the ladder is set too steeply, it is more likely to fall back or slide away during use; if it is set too shallow, the bottom can slide out.
The NIOSH Ladder Safety app has an angle of inclination indicator, making it easy to set an extension ladder at the proper angle of 75.5 degrees. The app’s inclination indicator allows most mobile devices to provide a visual and audible signal when the ladder angle is set correctly. The Ladder Safety app includes additional information about ladder safety, such as ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing and use.
The NIOSH Division of Safety Research tested and patented the concept of the app’s inclination indicator. It compared existing ladder positioning methods and found the indicator improved the accuracy and efficiency for ladder positioning.
The app is available through the NIOSH website, the Apple App Store, and Android Market. To view the science and research behind the development of the ladder safety app, click here.
(From NRCA Newsletter)