Depending on your job and daily responsibilities, there is a chance that you may spend a good amount of time climbing up and down ladders.
While this may be part of your employment, there is something you need to remember: Climbing up and down a ladder can be a dangerous task. Even if you have done this many times in the past, it only takes one mistake or mishap in order for a serious accident to occur.
In addition to steps your employer can take to keep you safe, there are things you can do on your own. For example, you'll want to become familiar with the top causes of ladder falls. Consider the following:
- Using the wrong ladder for the job. It's imperative to use the right ladder for the task at hand. For example, never use a ladder that does not allow you to comfortably reach your intended destination.
- Incorrect ladder setup. This can mean many things, such as setting the ladder on a sloped surface.
- Using a defective ladder. It's easy to believe that a ladder will last forever, but nothing could be further from the truth. Just like any other piece of equipment, your ladder could suffer damage at some point.
- Improper use. Are you taking more than one step at a time? Are you climbing without keeping both hands on the ladder? Improper use is a common cause of ladder accidents.
There is no way of knowing what type of injury can result from a ladder accident. If you fall from a high distance, it's possible to suffer multiple broke bones, spinal trauma, and/or a traumatic brain injury.
In the event that you fall from a ladder, don't hesitate to do two things:
- Receive medical treatment
- Report the accident and your injuries to your employer
If you are unable to return to work after your accident, you will want to learn more about your legal rights. For example, you may be able to file a workers' compensation claim. This will provide you with money during your recovery, allowing you to get by until you can once again return to work.
In the event of a workers' compensation denial, consult with an experienced attorney who can help you fight for your rights.