Why are Ladder Safety Rules Important to Follow?

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Falls are one of the most common causes of occupational injuries; falls from ladders account for approximately 20 percent of work-related fall injuries. Depending on the nature of the fall, injuries can include cuts and scrapes, broken bones, and head injuries. Employers should review Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for ladder safety with their employees so that they understand the correct way to use, move, carry, and store a ladder. This can help reduce the risk of fall-related injuries.

Ladder Safety Tips

Ladders are considered tools, so workers should follow many of the same safety rules for ladders as they do for most tools, including the following:

  • Use common sense, a ladder should only be used for its intended job. Never stand on the top step; avoid using the ladder if it is broken or defective. Do not use a ladder during heavy wind or storms.
  • Always wear slip-resistant shoes when climbing a ladder.
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the ladder, including its weight limit and where it should be placed.
  • Consider the employee’s skills and limitations. Some workers may be afraid of heights or are not strong enough to move the ladder.
  • OSHA requires workers descending a ladder to face the ladder and keep at least one hand on it at all times.
  • Inspect ladders regularly and make any repairs necessary; replace ladders that are no longer safe. OSHA mandates that any repairs must restore the ladder to its original condition before it can be used again.
  • Information about ladder height, angle, and spacing should be made readily available. Employers should ensure that workers have a general understanding of ladder safety and know how to obtain information if they need it.
  • Be sure to place the ladder on firm, level ground with no slippery conditions that could cause it to be unstable.
  • Workers should position the center of their belt buckle between the side rails of the ladder when climbing and performing work on a ladder. Overreaching can cause the ladder to tilt, putting the worker at risk of falling.

Step ladders are widely used in construction and other industries. Leaning step ladders are one of the biggest trends in recent years. They are designed to be used in the closed position so the ladder can lean against a wall. Earlier step ladders were not safe to use in the closed position, but the new step ladders have design elements that make them safer to use, including a top cap with a pad added to the back, back legs that lock in the closed position, and feet that are redesigned to maximize surface contact.

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Ladder Injuries

If you were injured at work after falling from a ladder, you are urged to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will walk you through the claims process and ensure that you receive the maximum financial benefits you deserve for your injuries. Our dedicated team will address all your questions and concerns and ensure that your rights are always protected. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. Located in Baltimore, we serve clients throughout Maryland.