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February 19, 2016

NIOSH Improves Ladder Safety App - Now Includes Step Ladders

Ladder safety
The NIOSH Ladder Safety app, first released in 2013 to provide assistance with extension ladder selection and use, now includes step ladder safety resources and other enhancements based on user input.

The app delivers a variety of ladder safety tools, information, reference materials, user-friendly guides and interactive tools to prevent major causes of falls, including:

  • Angle Measuring Tool - Uses visual, sound, and vibration signals to make it easier for users to set an extension ladder at the proper angle (approximately 75 degrees) and check the verticality of extension and step ladders.
  • Selection Tool - Provides a procedure to select the minimum required ladder duty rating corresponding to user characteristics and task.
  • Inspection Tool - Includes a comprehensive checklist for ladder mechanical inspection.
  • Proper Use Tool - Presents a set of rules for safe ladder use in a user-friendly format.
  • Accessories Tool - Describes a number of available extension ladder safety accessories.
The app is available in English and Spanish as a free download for iPhone/iPad and Android devices.

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