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Ensuring the quality of ramps and ladders in trenches

Posted on December 7, 2014 1:07 pm under Construction Accident

Ladders, ramps, and stairways do not only provide safe access when going inside a trench, they also provide an easy way out during emergency situations, such as spoil pile fall out and cave ins. Without these structures, entering and egressing trenches can become injurious, if not life-threatening.

To ensure the quality of ramps and ladders in trenches that are 4 feet deep or more, ensure that:

  • The steps have a non-slip surface
  • The structures are designed by qualified and competent personnel
  • For access/egress with two or more structures, they must be connected firmly and with components of uniform thickness
  • Joints used to connect the structures should not cause tripping

Defectively manufactured ladders and ramps, improperly designed and inspected egress/access, and an employer’s failure to place any structure for safe excavation entry and exit may all contribute towards an excavation accident. To learn how a lawyer might be able to help you, consult with our legal team at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. You may reach our Appleton office by calling (414) 271-0900 today.