MSHA reports in a serious accident alart a miner suffering serious injury in a ladder accident.
The accident occured when a miner had just finished welding on the plant’s crusher and decided to jump from the next to the last step of a fixed ladder to reach the ground.
When the victim hit the ground, he fell backwards and was impaled by a pry bar that was left standing upright on the ground.
The victim suffered severe injuries as a result of this accident.
MSHA has the following advice to help prevent such accidents.
- Examine your work area for potential hazards
- Always use the Three Points of Contact method during ascent, descent, and while working on a ladder: The climber must face the ladder and have two hands and one foot OR two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder steps, rungs and/or side rails
- Never skip a step when ascending or descending ladders
- Store tools in their proper location after completing a job
- Don’t take shortcuts.