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Ladder safety a key to a safer workplace

Posted on December 6, 2014 12:24 pm under Construction Accident

Early this year, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of national data found that ladder-related falls are among the leading causes of workplace deaths and injury in the country. In 2011 alone, CDC revealed that ladder-related incidents resulted in 15,000 non-fatal injuries, approximately 34,000 emergency department visits, and tragically, 113 deaths.

Unsafe portable ladders are considered one of the most common causes of ladder-related injuries and deaths. As such, it is important to keep in mind the following safety guidelines while working with such equipment:

  • Conduct a visual inspection before using the ladder. Do not use if you find that its components have cracks, breaks, and other irregularities
  • Do not use the portable ladder beyond its weight capacity
  • Provide at least three feet of allowance above the landing; if not possible, use a grab device

Makers of ladders that do not comply with federal safety standards and employers who refuse to provide their workers with safe equipment could be held liable for any damages a ladder-related fall might cause. If you have been a victim of a ladder accident in Wisconsin, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn how to seek compensation. Reach us by calling (414) 271-0900 today.