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Fall protection has long been an area of concern for safety professionals. OSHA recently reported that fall protection violations were the most commonly cited infractions in the American workplace—in fact, three of the top ten most cited standards are related to falls. As a result, more and more safety professionals are focusing on fall prevention rather than fall protection. Prevention through design, combined with new trainings, is helping organizations save time, money, and most importantly, lives. It is time for this movement to translate to the ladder industry. Every day nearly 2,000 people are injured while using a ladder, and as many as 100 of them will suffer a long-term disability. And today, one person will die in a ladder-related accident.

Fall-related accidents while on a worksite account for one of the largest expenses to organizations. Reducing the number of ladder-related injuries is becoming top priority for the nation’s foremost companies. In this presentation, Dave Francis, National Safety Director of Little Giant Ladder Systems, will use case studies, real-life examples and the latest practical training techniques and equipment solutions to help you prevent injuries and save lives in your area of responsibility.

4 Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this education session, the participant should be able to:
  • Recognize ways to reduce the three most common kinds of ladder-related accidents and injuries.
  • Identify recent advancements in climbing equipment that will reduce risks on the job.
  • Improve workplace safety training by utilizing free live and online resources.
  • Demonstrate teaching techniques that will improve safety training among coworkers.


Dave Francis, National Safety Director, Little Giant Ladder Systems

For over three decades, Dave Francis’ career has centered around ladders. He has been with Little Giant Ladder Systems from the start, starting as a manufacturing line worker and eventually heading up research & development. He holds five U.S. patents for ladder design, and as national safety director, spends most of his time traveling throughout the nation training safety professionals, construction professionals, occupational safety and health professionals on how to better prevent injuries and ensure that every employee makes it home to their family at the end of the day.
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