Last Revised: September 25, 2023
Falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury mortality nationwide.
Among workers, approximately 20% of fall injuries involve ladders. Among construction workers, an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments involve a ladder3. Each year in the United States, approximately 500,000 people are treated for ladder - related injures1 and 300 people lose their lives2.
Ladder use in construction activities is one of the most frequently cited Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards.
Injuries from ladder falls can be severe, but are preventable.
Penn's Ladder Safety Program presents methods and procedures to help the Penn Community use ladders safely.