Houston Ladder Accident Lawyers
While many people view a ladder as a simple tool to help with jobs like painting and construction, per the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 500,000+ people in the U.S. are treated for ladder-related injuries each year. Even more frightening is the fact that at least 300 people die annually from these injuries. Many ladder injuries occur at work, and many are preventable with proper work conditions, equipment, and safety instructions. Without providing these conditions, employers who require employees to use ladders are in violation of OSHA requirements.
Tips for Avoiding Ladder Injuries
Ladder accidents frequently occur for both construction workers and people working at home. When looking specifically at construction site injuries, many accidents may be caused by the negligence of another worker or the employer; however, some accidents are directly caused by product malfunction, user error, or unsafe working conditions. Sadly, the number of accidents and injuries from ladders could have been significantly reduced had the users been in the proper working conditions and their equipment regularly checked for safety hazards.
First and foremost, you want to make sure the ladder you are about to climb on is safe before every use. While this may sound monotonous, you can never be sure your ladder hasn't been damaged or switched out when on a work site. All it takes is one time for a loose screw to pop out and send you crashing to the floor. Make sure when carrying a ladder, you do so with it parallel to the floor. Also, use caution when using the ladder or storing it. Be certain that it remains clear from any oils or gases as this may cause a slippery surface and create a hazard.
When using a ladder make sure you are aware of its maximum capacity for weight. Never exceed that amount. Ladders are tested to carry a certain number, and you don't want to be the person to discover where its breaking point is. When on a work site, make sure you and your co-workers properly mark off the surrounding area of your ladder so that it cannot be hit or affected by the surrounding location, such as traffic on the street.
By taking a few extra moments to do so, you may save a life.
Another common hazard to be aware of is using the wrong ladder for the work you are doing. Be certain that a ladder can be used and that you do not need a heavier duty device. Make sure that while you are on a ladder, you do not attempt to move or adjust it. Adjustments are meant to be done when there is no excess weight. It can be dangerous if done with you on it. A common mistake users make is to stand on the top step, which is dangerous. The top step will usually have a "do not step" sign. It is meant to place a can of paint or a tool as opposed to carrying your body.
For those who work with electrical equipment, make sure that your ladder is meant specifically for that. Use one that has non-conductive side rails to prevent electrocution while on the ladder. When climbing up or down the ladder, every user wants to make sure that they are facing the ladder and not trying to descend as they would a flight of stairs. If you can, use both hands to prevent falling. This can be done by wearing the proper tool belt around your waist, one that allows your hands to be free when trying to move on the ladder.
A simple instruction to remember when using a ladder is the "three points" rule. This means that if at all possible try to maintain at least three areas of your body in contact with the ladder. This can mean both feet and one and or one hand and both feet, by doing so will help prevent you from falling. Lastly, try to never lean over the width of the ladder, you can remember this by keeping your weight between both polls. Attempting to lean may throw off the balance of the ladder and could send you crashing to the floor. Safety is to be taken very seriously on the work site and even in your own home. Always use caution when climbing ladders and be aware of the potential dangers at hand. If you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace accident, contact Arnold & Itkin today for the legal representation that you deserve!
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Employers are required to provide safe working conditions for all of their employees. This means that employers must make sure to inspect, maintain, repair and train all of their employees and the workplace properly. A failure to do so can mean citations and fines, but it can also mean that you can take action against your employer for your injuries. Workers can file claims for compensation provided that their injuries were not self-inflicted. At Arnold & Itkin, our Houston workplace injury lawyers have represented hundreds of injured employees. We are dedicated to fighting for just compensation on behalf of our clients, making sure they are taken care of during and after their recovery. We have won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. This figure represents the level of thorough preparation we invest in each case.
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