Ladders are fundamental and pertinent equipment at a worksite and are essential for any worker. However, falling from a ladder is one of the most common causes of injury among workers. These injuries can be severe, cause long-term physical or mental damage, and even be fatal. In fact, as per the Center for Disease and Control, falls are the most common cause of injuries in the United States.
Why are ladders potentially dangerous equipment?
There are many reasons which can make a ladder dangerous, including:
- Using an inappropriate ladder in terms of its size, type, or strength. The ladder must be suitable for the job required.
- Not inspecting the ladder before use can become a reason for a fall. The worker should thoroughly check if the ladder is safe for use.
- Improper setup and placement of the ladder. It is needless to say that a ladder must be properly placed on the right platform before the worker climbs on it.
- Improper maintenance of the ladder with regard to its storage and care can also make it risky for use.
Also, any sudden movement by the worker or not paying proper attention while on the ladder can pose a risk for a worker.
What are the safety protocols for using a ladder at a construction site?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The American Ladder Institute have a comprehensive set of safety rules and guidelines that should be followed at a worksite with respect to the use of ladders. Some of these rules are:
- Inspect a ladder before use
- Buy a ladder which is suitable for your need
- Do not use a ladder when it is very windy or stormy
- Ensure that the ladder has the appropriate duty rating
- Employers should train the workers on the correct use of ladders
- Employers should inspect and adequately maintain the ladders
What should you do if you fall from a ladder at your place of work?
As a worker, it is important to take all steps for your safety. However, if you suffer a fall from a ladder at your worksite as a result of negligence by the employer to ensure safe ladder use, we recommend you hire a ladder injury lawyer to help you get the right compensation.
A few things to keep in mind before you reach out to a ladder injury lawyer are:
- Get medical help immediately and keep all the bills and insurance claims
- Inform your employer formally about the accident
- Maintain all relevant documentation, e.g., emails, bills of expenses, etc.
A lawyer will provide you the assistance with gathering the evidence as well as filing a claim which goes well beyond the workers’ compensation to cover all your short- and long-term expenses.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a ladder-related accident and you need a winning law firm, contact Siler & Ingber today. Call us on 1-877-529-4343 or complete our online form on this page to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced ladder injury lawyers. Our consultation is free and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.