According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls from ladders cause approximately 81 percent of the fall injuries that send construction workers to emergency departments each year. If you are a construction worker in New York, your vulnerability on ladders dictates that this equipment requires special attention from your employer. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has developed standards specifically governing the use of ladders in the workplace to prevent unsafe working conditions.
Your employer must provide a ladder when there is a difference in height of 19 inches at a point of access and there is no ramp, runway or hoist available to bridge the distance. If you are part of a workforce of more than 25 people, or there is two-way traffic using the ladder, a second ladder should always be in place.