Falls continue to be the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Ladder falls comprise the greatest percentage of the construction site deaths.
What should you know about ladder accidents? Find out here.
Ladder accidents can be caused by a broken or unsteady ladder. Working on a ladder like this can cause a worker to fall or lead to the ladder tip or collapse. Other times workers are compelled to work on a ladder when it is an inappropriate tool to accomplish their work effectively and safely. In many instances, ladder accidents occur because a short-sighted boss forces a helpless worker to do something unsafe because it will allow the job to be completed sooner. Profits are the focus, rather than people.
Still, many ladder accidents can be prevented. How?
- Ladders should be placed on secure footing
- Ladders should be held in position by a co-worker
- Workers should only climb a ladder facing forward
- Ladders should not be combined to create a larger ladder
- Workers should not use the top rung of a ladder as a platform
- Ladders should only be used when fully and safely opened
- Metal ladders should not be used in close proximity to any open electrical area
- Ladders should be regularly inspected
- Ladders should be maintained in good working order
When a construction worker falls my ladder the consequences can be severe. Workers who fall from a ladder can be killed or sustain serious injuries like damage to their spinal cord, damage to their spinal cord, fractures or broken bones, neck and back injuries, paralysis and joint damage. A focus on worker safety can drastically reduce the number of serious ladder accidents.
Block O’Toole & Murphy is a law firm that is committed to battling for the rights of construction workers inside and outside of the courtroom. Their results, including helping injured construction workers are routinely among the top firms in all of New York State. With nearly One-Billion dollars in recoveries for their clients and a sense of what it takes to fight for the underdog, the firm’s clients are comforted and confident. You can contact them for a free consultation anytime by calling 212.736.5300.