Study of Common Types of Mechanisms for Portable Ladder Incidents

A large portion of work-at-heights incidents involves the use of portable ladders. A study was conducted to review portable ladder incidents and causal factors to help inform standards on portable ladder use, new portable ladder safety programs and training, as well as new or improved ladder design, performance and safety accessory concepts.

This report summarizes the findings of this study and offers considerations for standards and other solutions to better improve ladder safety.