MNM Serious Accident Alert - Surface - Ladder

On February 12, 2018, a plant operator was assisting another miner in removing a head pulley. While ascending a 12-foot step ladder, the victim’s foot slipped and he slid down the ladder. The victim was treated for a broken ankle at a nearby hospital.

MNM surface ladder accident scene
Best Practices: 
  • Use fall protection when working in an elevated position and securely tie-off where the danger of falling exist.
  • Provide and maintain safe access to all work areas.  Train miners on how to safely access all work areas.
  • Provide scaffolding or other types of temporary work platforms when working from a ladder does not provide sufficient stability or access for the task.
  • Use a ladder only on a stable and level surface.
  • Keep ladders free of any slippery materials on the steps or rungs.
  • Wear proper footwear and keep it clean of potential slipping hazards such as dirt, oil, and grease before getting onto a ladder.
  • Always face the ladder and maintain three points of contact (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) when climbing or descending.
  • Do not carry personal items or supplies when climbing or descending a ladder. Use a cord or rope to lift or lower supplies or tools.