Tripod orchard ladders can be dangerous. Many workers have been hurt from slips on rungs, falls, collapsing ladders, and being struck by tree branches.
Orchard employers and supervisors can prevent these injuries by taking the following safety precautions:
• Train workers to recognize hazards and set up a process for workers to report unsafe conditions to supervisors immediately.
• Limit or reschedule work requiring ladders during windy
or other unsafe conditions.
• Provide ladders appropriate for workers and tree size.
• Train workers to keep ladders away from overhead power lines.
• Select and provide required personal protective equipment (such as eye protection) at no cost to workers.
• Ensure that workers wear shoes with stiff soles and a substantial heel to prevent slipping.
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