While much of our weekly posts have focused on falls from scaffolding,
roofs, and other places or structures normally associated with commercial
construction, ladders are also used in commercial work sites. While ladders
are common to the professional laborer and the laymen alike, they still
carry potential hazards.
Experienced Poughkeepsie construction accident attorneys know that tools of common usage, such as the ladder, must still be used
properly in order to prevent unnecessary. In fact, even
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (hereinafter “OSHA”) publishes materials to educate employer
and employee on hazards and safety precautions associated with ladder use.
OSHA never fails to remind the construction industry that falls from elevated
places are the leading causes of death in the industry. Such is why OSHA
is so concerned with making the workplace safer. Most of these deaths
would not have happened had the workplace been safer, either through better
training and/or through the use of proper safety precautions. Following
OSHA’s guidelines would help reduce the number of
construction site accidents greatly, and violations of these guidelines may bring liability.
As OSHA directs, proper precautions begins with determining what the right
type of equipment for the job is. Ladders may not be proper if a laborer
must make side to side movements on the ladder; if heavy objects must
be hoisted; if the laborer will have to work at the elevation for long
durations; if the geography of the location will make the ladder unstable.
OSHA also advises the following:
- If using a ladder, make sure it is the right type and of the proper height
for the job.
- Secure the ladder to the structure upon which one is working if the ladder
is being used as a means of access and egress to a different floor.
- The base of the ladder should be secured.
- The employee should be wearing adequate foot wear for the job.
- The ladder should be on level ground.
- Fully extend the hinges of the ladder.
- Prevent others from walking/working too near the ladder.
- Consider using a safety monitor.
- Never let the laborer stand or sit on the top platform of the ladder.
- Adhere to the ladder manufacturer’s user instructions.
- Keep both hands and feet in contact with the ladder while ascending and
descending the ladder.
- Discard or repair broken or faulty ladders.
- Never erect a ladder in the path of a door frame in which a door can swing
into the ladder.
The negligent acts of another may allow you compensation for your damages.
Medical bills associated with the loss, lost wages, lost earning potential,
permanent disability, and the like are all forms of damages for which
you may be compensated. Moreover, if a loved one was injured or killed,
you too have a right to compensation for damages suffered as a result
of the negligence.
Are you interested in learning more about scaffolding fall accidents? Find
out more in
our latest article to learn more about your rights here. Also learn about the recent tragedy in New York City which resulted in
the death of a construction site worker due to a fall from scaffolding in our
blog post provided here. Further, learn about what OSHA has pledged to do during its national
stand down this summer
by clicking on the link here. Also, read more about some of
OSHA’s training guide materials provided here.
Our ladder fall accident attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious personal injury accidents,
particularly throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie,
and Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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