According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80% of all falls from ladders occur at the top of the ladder and 50% of falls from ladders occur during the transition from the ladder to a second surface.
In a previous article we addressed the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations. Ladders are #8 on the list for the most cited standards and #5 for highest penalties (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]. Specifically, OSHA standard 1926.1053(b)(1) states, "When portable ladders are used for access to an upper landing surface, the ladder side rails shall extend at least 3 feet (.9 m) above the upper landing surface to which the ladder is used to gain access..."
Designed to attach over the top of the ladder and provide a safe and easy transition from the ladder to a second surface, the Guardian Fall Protection #10800 “Safe-T Ladder” extension requires no tools, drilling or bolting to hold it securely in place. Once installed, the unit provides two offsetting handrails that can be used to walk through and step on or off the ladder. A simple to use knob, tightens by hand without scratching or damaging the ladder. The system’s safety latch prevents the unit from slipping off the ladder and also has cushioned bumper pads to help protect the eave of the roof. The product’s added hand grips provide for safe and easy use.
You can buy the Safe-T Ladder Extension for a tiny fraction of the cost of an injury or OSHA citation!