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Step ladders with hand rails can prevent injuries

Step ladders with hand rails can prevent injuries

Safety tip of the week

Mature workers wishing to work later in life are finding job opportunities in retail. But the physical changes older workers have encountered can require different tools to ensure they can continue to do their jobs without injury.

People can lose strength and balance as they age. A step ladder with hand rails can help compensate for any physical limitations. A ladder is a common piece of equipment that retail workers use to stock displays or to deposit or remove merchandise from a stock room.

Being able to grasp a railing as a worker goes up or down a ladder provides additional support in maintaining balance or safely handling merchandise. Remember that most ladder accidents happen on the way back down, when you think you’re at the bottom but not quite there.  The hand rail provides an additional point of contact for postural steadiness that can help to prevent a fall. WRA’s Safety Specialist Rick Means recommends replacing a plain step stool with a hand-railed step ladder. Such a step ladder would be beneficial for all workers, young and older, and probably won’t cost much more than a plain step stool without handles.

Retro members can get more information regarding the aging workforce here.

WRA employs Rick, who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x18, or rick.means@retailassociationservices.com.

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