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How can you prevent a ladder fall accident at a construction site?

Ladder fall accident prevention

The following are some tips to prevent a ladder fall accident at a construction site:

  • Wear non-slip flat shoes.

  • Carefully inspect the ladder to make sure there are no visible defects and it’s in good working condition.

  • When using a ladder to get to another level, secure and extend it at least three feet above the landing point.

  • Do not place a ladder near doorways, pedestrian walkways, and traffic.

What are the common causes of ladder accidents?

Ladder accident

Ladder accidents can be caused due to a number of factors, but the following four account for a majority of accidents:

Selection of the wrong kind of ladder: Different kinds of work require different kinds of ladders. Each ladder is designed to support a maximum weight limit. When the weight limit is exceeded, it can cause accidents.

Using old, worn and damaged ladders: Ladders have a shelf life. The stress of being climbed up and down on causes ladders to break down and injure workers.

Incorrect use of ladders: Using ladders in any way other than what the manufacturers intended them to be used for can cause serious accidents.

Incorrect placement of ladders: Positioning a ladder on uneven ground or surface or placing it in front of a door that is not locked, blocked, or guarded can cause an accident.

How can you prevent falls at construction sites?

Construction fall

To prevent falls at construction sites:

  • Workers should be trained on the proper use of equipment including its limitations, how to care for it and when it is needed.

  • Guardrails, safety nets or personal fall arrest systems should be used to guard falls.

  • Holes should be guarded or covered with materials that can support two times the weight of the employees, materials and equipment that the cover could be exposed to.

  • The right equipment should be used. Beamers, rope-grabs, beam straps, butterfly anchors, concrete plunger anchors and retractable lanyard, etc., must be used correctly.

  • A survey or audit of the site should be carried out to note any potential hazards.

Should I get legal help with my slip and fall claim?

If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident it is wise to get legal help. In slip and fall accidents determining liability may not be as simple as other personal injury cases, because normally the accident is not caused by a person but rather an object or an unsafe premise, so unless you are able to bring the facts to the responsible person, the insurers may not be willing to acknowledge the liability especially if you don’t have a lawyer representing you. An experienced slip and fall accident attorney can help you collect all the evidence and damages together and get you connected with the person responsible and the insurance company.

What can I do after a slip and fall accident?

  • In case of a slip and fall accident seek medical attention immediately and get the diagnosis of your injuries in written, from the doctor.
  • Gather evidence by taking photos and videos of the accident scene.
  • Take Notes on what happened write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • Report the fall to the manager if it happened in a store and fill out the slip and fall accident report form.
  • Contact an experienced slip and fall accident attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.
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