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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.
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.
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:
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.
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 302-834-8484 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.