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WernerCo to Host Safety Training Events During Month of May

Apr 26, 2016 --    

Fall Protection & Ladder Safety Trainings Planned
During OSHA’S Annual Stand Down To Safety Initiative


Greenville, PA, April 25, 2016 – WernerCo, the world leader in ladders and manufacturer of a complete line of climbing products and fall protection equipment, will be conducting more than 100 trainings this year that align with OSHA’s (Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s) annual Stand Down To Safety Initiative. Fatalities caused by falls account for almost 40% of construction deaths1 and many of these can be prevented with proper training and education.


The Werner End-User Specialist (EUS) team, comprised of the best-in-class safety professionals, will train on the proper use of ladders and fall protection gear at jobsites all across the country. During the OSHA National Stand Down To Safety 2016 events, the Werner Team is committed to reaching as many fall protection and ladder users as possible with the company’s unique safety perspective.


“Safety is of the utmost importance at WernerCo and we are constantly developing new products and training programs with the end user’s safety in mind,” said Dan Ward, National Safety Training Manager at WernerCo. “With these trainings, we hope to reach safety professionals across many sectors to broaden safety education, protocols and practices.”


To raise awareness, the annual OSHA Safety Campaign focuses on the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations in order to prevent accidents, such as falls from ladders or structural steel. In support of this initiative, WernerCo plans to train more than 5,000 end users in jobsite safety over the course of the 5-day campaign that will take place from May 2 – 6, 2016.


Safety Training Events from WernerCo


The WernerCo EUS team, consisting of 26 safety professionals throughout North America, will conduct these events. Each member of the WernerCo team is engaged in continuous on-site training simulations. The team takes this training directly to jobsites and offers companies a range of services from 10-minute safety inspections before work to multiple-day jobsite competent person courses.


Just last month the Werner EUS team has conducted 250 ladder and fall protection training sessions, with more than 3,300 people trained. These trainings have included seventy-eight ladder inspections, thirty fall protection inspections, seventy-two harness adjustment training sessions and seventy fall protection tripod training sessions.


The WernerCo team’s goal is to engage with crews from all over the country. Each event will focus on safety responses based on real-life scenarios. Participants will be trained on basic safety by application and how to respond when a potential issue occurs. From one-on-one trainings to large-scale seminars, the team will reinforce OSHA’s message and the importance of keeping people safe on the jobsite.


In addition to a comprehensive ladder and fall protection training program, the Werner EUS team offers instruction, maintenance and troubleshooting on jobsite, truck and van equipment. Because WernerCo is so focused on making sure local distributors have the right equipment, the company will be offering special promotional prices for these partners. This ensures that even on a tight budget, the end-users have the proper safety equipment in order to comply with OSHA standards and avoid injury.

If an end user or business is interested in enlisting the services of the WernerCo End User Specialists, send an email to EndUserSpecialists@wernerco.com. WernerCo also offers online training for those that are not able to participate in person. For more information, visit www.wernerladder.com


WERNER, a WernerCo brand, is the world leader in ladders and has a complete line of climbing products designed for working at heights. The portfolio includes ladders, attic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, planks, step stools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, WERNER provides a full line of climbing equipment that's engineered to give you maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. All WERNER products meet or exceed applicable international safety standards. For more information, visit  http://us.wernerco.com.



WernerCo is a privately owned, fully-integrated, international manufacturer and distributor of climbing products, fall protection equipment and jobsite, truck and van storage equipment. WernerCo has manufacturing, warehousing, sales and distribution facilities in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. WernerCo’s international headquarters are in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and its US headquarters are in Greenville, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.wernerworldwide.com.



Marquita Kordes, Werner Co., 724-588-2000 Ext 2704; kordemr@wernerco.com
Angie Maddox, Seed Factory Marketing, 404-996-4041;angie@seedfactorymarketing.com

Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line. The highest standing level is four rungs down from the top. The highest permitted standing level on a stepladder is two steps down from the top.

Reach height is the maximum reach assuming a 5’6” person with a vertical 12” reach.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The Werner Performance System defines five different capacities using a color and star rating system. The Duty Rating is defined as the maximum safe load capacity of the ladder. A person’s fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.

Werner offers ladder made from fiberglass and aluminum. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications, or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fiberglass products due to their non-conductive side rails.