Ladders are a common and important everyday tool for those working around the house and at work, but they are certainly not without their dangers. Some people may think ladder injuries may not be serious, but statistics show that falling accidents can lead to disabling injuries, or even death.
Statistics on Ladder-Related Accidents
In the United States, falls from ladders account for 80 percent of hospital visits from construction workers while other industries see about 20 percent of fall accidents involving ladders. It is also one of the leading causes of disabling workplace injuries, companies see over $5 billion spent on workplace falls each year. Ladders rank among the top 10 on OSHA’s Most Cited Violations Risk when inspecting workplaces. Furthermore, over 100 people a year die due to ladder-related accidents.
Safety Tips for Ladder Use
There are many common errors people make when using a ladder. The errors mostly involve overreaching for something, improper ladder position, using the wrong ladder or a damaged ladder, improper foundation, and lack of training. The following list contains ladder safety tips:
- Make sure you know the situation first before using a ladder: Make sure you inspect the ladder first, check for cracks and damage, and make sure it is the appropriate type of ladder for the job. It is common for a user to incorrectly judge the distance they need to reach or how high they need to go, which could cause the loss of balance.
- Avoid using a ladder on wet or soft surfaces: This is particularly important when you are outdoors. Make certain the surface you place the ladder on is flat, solid, and free from any obstructions.
- Be mindful of the weight limit of the ladder: The weight limit includes your body weight, your clothes and boots and other protective equipment you are wearing, plus what you are carrying as well.
- Always face the ladder and grip the rungs when climbing: Do not grip the sides. Make sure to not lean and overreach.
- Only one person on the ladder each time: Take your time when using a ladder.
- Never use a ladder if you feel ill or off balance: A good rule to follow is to keep three points of contact when using the ladder, such as both feet and one hand, or one foot and both hands.
Ladder Safety Awareness at Work
Workplaces around the country should always make their employees’ safety top priority. Ladder safety awareness is paramount in almost every job industry. Proper use of ladders and training can lower disability costs and prevent injuries in every ladder-related accident across the country.
Bear Delaware Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Help Those Injured in Ladder Accidents
It is your employer’s duty to provide a safe work environment, including giving you and your fellow coworkers proper safety guidelines and training. Not providing these parameters can lead to unnecessary workplace injuries. If you have been injured at work, then contact one of our Bear Delaware Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow. Complete our online form or call us at (302) 600-1107 for a free consultation. With our offices located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we also proudly serve the communities of Elsmere, Seaford, Dover, Hillsborough, Lewes, Rehoboth and Middletown.