In the construction industry the use of ladders is extremely common. Workers use ladders for many reasons, such as to reach the roof of a building.
While there is nothing wrong with using a ladder, here's what every construction worker should remember -- it sounds simplistic but the frequency of injuries due to ladders means many workers don't keep this in the forefront of their minds: An accident can happen at any time.
Since a ladder accident can cause serious injury or even death, it's imperative that the right safety tips are followed at all times. Here are some that should never be ignored:
- Don't use a ladder that appears to be defective for any reason
- Inspect the ladder before taking the first step
- Ladders should be free of anything that could cause you to slip, such as water
- Maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times
- Don't place a ladder on an uneven surface
- Use the right size ladder for the job
- When using an extension ladder make sure you engage all locks
- Let others know that you are using a ladder so that they keep their distance
- Never place a ladder on an object, such as a box, to obtain additional height
- Never exceed the maximum load rating
This may sound like a lot to keep in mind, but all of these tips are important if you're using a ladder and want to remain safe.
If you find yourself involved in a ladder accident, such as one in which you fall to the ground, don't attempt to move from the scene. It's important that you call for immediate help, as you want to receive treatment for your injuries as soon as possible.
You should also report the accident and your injuries to your employer.
If a ladder accident prevents you from returning to work in the near future, don't wait to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. You'll want to collect any money that is due to you, as this will help you get by as you recover.