Using a ladder can make many jobs easier. However, it also increases the risk of a serious workplace accident.
There are many common causes of ladder accidents, including the following:
- Use of a damaged ladder: If you neglect to inspect a ladder before use, some form of damage could result in an accident. For example, if a rung is loose or missing, it will greatly increase your risk of slipping and falling.
- Putting a ladder in the wrong place: You must set your ladder on firm and level ground. Also, don’t place a ladder in close proximity to vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
- Carrying a heavy load: Using a ladder is difficult enough when you’re not carrying anything. If you attempt to carry a heavy load, such as a toolbox or shingles, it increases the risk of being pulled off the ladder.
- Choosing the wrong size ladder: There is more than one type of ladder, and you must choose the one that’s the right size for what you’re going to be doing. For example, using a portable ladder when you need an extension ladder can result in trouble.
If you’re injured in a workplace ladder accident, make sure that you are checked out by a doctor and get the medical treatment you need. Also, report the incident to your employer so that they’re aware that you were injured on the job.
You should also determine if it makes sense to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Receiving compensation will help you and your family deal with medical bills and lost wages.