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Improper ladder use on construction sites can be hazardous

People who work on New York construction sites know that they are facing certain risks every time they show up at work. If you work in construction, you may have a job that is inherently dangerous, but that does not mean that you do not have a right to a reasonably safe place to work.

Site managers and construction company owners should strive to make sure that you are as safe as possible while you are on the job. One of the ways they can do this is by making sure that every employee receives appropriate safety training. This is especially true regarding portable ladder safety. Ladders are common on many different types of jobsites, and improper use can lead to preventable accidents and serious injuries. 

Ladder safety measures

There are various ways that site managers can implement ladder use safely and appropriately. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the following safety measures can prevent unnecessary accidents related to the use of portable ladders on construction sites: 

  • Look for overhead power lines and electrical hazards before putting up a ladder
  • Perform proper inspections on ladders before using them
  • Keep at least 3 points of contact on the ladder at all times
  • Be certain to check all support surfaces before setting up a ladder
  • Do not use the overhead rung to stand on
  • Do not move a ladder while people are on it or equipment is on it
  • Be certain to always use locks on extension ladders
  • Avoid overloading a ladder beyond its weight capacity

When workers do not know how to use ladders safely or employees do not enforce proper use of portable ladders, accidents can happen. Without safety measures, construction workers can face an increased risk of falling off ladders, being hit by a ladder or being electrocuted.

What should you do after a ladder accident on a construction site? 

If you were hurt in a ladder-related accident while working on a construction site, you may have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits. You may find it beneficial to seek an explanation of your rights after suffering a work-related injury.

There is no time to lose after a ladder accident on a construction site. It is wise to take quick action to seek support as you walk through the workers' compensation claims process. With help, you can secure the benefits you need for medical care and recovery of a portion of your lost wages.

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