Picture This! A Life Hangs in the Balance

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: June 2nd, 2016
Topics: Fall Protection | Ladders | PPE |


At first glance, what these workers are doing might not be obvious. But examine this photograph more closely and you’ll see that the workers sitting on a board on the ladder at right are trying to counterbalance the weight of their co-worker, who is standing several floors above ground on the other end of the board, with no fall protection whatsoever. If this makeshift teeter-totter suddenly shifts or breaks, someone is going to have a very bad day. Curiously, there is a boom lift in the photo, but for unknown reasons it wasn’t being used. (WorkSafeVictoria, Australia)

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