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How To Safely Use Ladders To Prevent Work Injuries At PA And NJ Construction Sites (Part 3)

Falling from ladders can cause serious and/or catastrophic injuries to workers.  These falls are preventable if employers and employees follow the safety measures and regulations set forth by OSHA.  Parts 1 and 2 of this article series discussed the importance of training and examining the condition of the ladders prior to use to prevent falls. The last part of this article series, which is below, will discuss some safety measures and considerations the workers should know and think about in order to prevent falls.

Safety Measures To Prevent Falls From Ladders

  • always wear proper shoes to prevent slipping;
  • do not work on the top rung of the ladder;
  • if working in front of doors and entryways, make sure the doors are locked;
  • examine ladders before use to make sure there are no bends in the ladders, which can make them unstable.

Consider Other Construction Equipment To Prevent Fall Accidents

Workers often think that in order to reach higher work areas, they need to use ladders.  However, there may be other equipment that is safer for the workers to use in order to prevent falls.  Some of the questions the workers need to ask themselves before using ladders are the following:

  • Am I carrying heavy items while on the ladder?
  • Am I going to be working from this height for a long time?
  • Do I have to stand sideways on the ladder in order to perform my work?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then workers should consider better options, such as a scissor lift. 

Carrying heavy items while on the ladders may cause workers to lose their balance and fall.  Working for a long time on ladders may also cause workers to lose their balance and fall.  Finally, if workers have to stand sideways to perform the work, they are likely to lose balance and fall off the ladders.

Help After A Ladder Fall Accident In PA & NJ

If you were injured after falling off a ladder at a PA or NJ construction work site, you may be entitled to compensation in addition to workers’ compensation.  The ladder may have been defective and caused you to fall.  Feel free to call the personal injury lawyers at White and Williams LLP to explore your legal options.  The construction accident lawyers offer a free initial consultation. 877.944.8396

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