Houston Ladder Accident Lawyers
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a study showing that out of 1,400 ladder accidents investigated, 23 percent of them happened in the construction industry. Further, 66 percent were the result of poor employee training. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are about 500,000 ladder accidents each year. The majority of workplace ladder accidents could have been avoided with proper adherence to OSHA standards.
Many construction workers, electricians, painters, and more experience serious injuries due to a failure to follow safety protocol or improper training. At Arnold & Itkin, LLP, 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 that 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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How Do Ladder Accidents Occur?
OSHA requires that every ladder be inspected before it is used. This means every time someone is expected to step onto a ladder, it must be closely checked for flaws. Due to time constraints, companies will often bypass this step and allow workers to use uninspected ladders. This sort of behavior is what leads to severe, life-altering injuries.
Using a ladder for a purpose other than it was intended can result in an injury that can be deemed "self-inflicted." Ladders can also become dirtied with oil and other construction products, which increase the risk of slip and fall accidents. Ladders should be wiped clean of all potentially dangerous materials before use.
Tips for Ladder Safety
Workers that use ladders must abide by what the OSHA calls the "three point rule." Basically, this means that a worker must keep at least three points of contact with the ladder at all times during use, lest the worker risk falling. For example, standing on a ladder without at least one hand touching the ladder for support is dangerous.
Take a look at other ladder safety rules:
- Workers shouldn’t overextend themselves on the ladder.
- Workers should face inward as they ascend or descend a ladder.
- Workers should wear rubber soled shoes to increase grip.
- Depending on the job, the worker may also need to wear a harness.
If employers do not provide safe conditions or environments for ladder usage or fail to provide proper training, they may be liable if an employee is injured while working on a ladder.
Get Skilled Help from a Houston Industrial Injury Lawyer
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.
If you were injured as a result of employee negligence, contact us today!