Ladder fall injuries are a major occupational and public safety problem that costs us billions each year. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed a Ladder Safety smart phone app that is designed to assist extension ladder users in improving their knowledge and practice of safe ladder use and thus reduce their risk of falls. Misjudging the ladder angle is a significant risk factor for a fall – if the ladder is set too steep it is more likely to fall back or away during use, and if it is set too shallow then the bottom can slide out.
The app features an innovative multimodal indicator, using visual, sound, and vibration signals to give feedback and help users to set up ladders at an optimal angle. It also includes a set of easy-to-use interactive ladder safety tools with graphic-oriented information, checklists, and guidelines for ladder selection, inspection, accessorizing, and safe use. NIOSH developed the ladder safety app based on its patented technology, innovative research, existing information from safety regulations and consensus standards, and input from industry. The app is available in English and Spanish as a free download for iPhone and Android mobile devices. It has been downloaded more than 18,880 times since its release in June 2013.
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