How Can I Prevent Ladder Falls?
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has continued to release safety guides to prevent workplace fall injuries as part of their Stop Falls program. Fall deaths are quite common in the construction industry, but they are also preventable if employers ensure that their workers follow simple safety guidelines. OSHA has recently released a new pamphlet concerning the proper use of the ladder.
Firstly, it is important for employers to know when a ladder is inappropriate for the work at hand. If workers are holding heavy items or doing work that requires sideways movement, then a ladder is likely not the best piece of equipment for the job. Instead, a scissor lift or cherry picker will better suit the task at hand. In addition, OSHA advises never to stand directly on top of the ladder, as there is nothing to provide balance to the worker, and to always keep a minimum of three points of contact with the ladder to keep it stable.
I Need a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Who Handles Construction Site Falls
If you or a co-worker has been injured in a workplace fall or regularly witness improper use of ladders, our Columbus workers’ compensation attorneys can help. We have over 80 years of combined experience defending the victims of workplace accidents. The Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC legal team will go above and beyond in the courtroom to secure the full compensation that you deserve from your negligent employer. For more information, contact us today at (614) 221-7548
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