Falls from ladders are a serious and common work-related accident, leading to broken arms and legs, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. Construction workers, homebuilders, office employees, and workers in many other fields are susceptible to falling off a ladder at work. About 15 percent of all occupational deaths involve an accident with a ladder.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claims most if not all ladder falls could be avoided if employers provided proper attention to equipment instructions and climber training. Many times, ladder falls occur because of the ladder moving. Selecting the proper size and height ladder is very important. One also should never stand on the top rung or place a ladder on top of something to reach higher. Another safety tip is workers should never use worn, broken or old ladders. And, always place ladders on level and firm ground. Finally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics claims up to half of all ladder accidents are caused by workers carrying items as they climbed.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an unexpected fall from a ladder, you may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. At Dixon Law Office, we have helped many workplace injury victims, and we can help you, too. Contact us today at 888/354-9880 or click here for a free consultation.