Unlike ladders, stepladders are commonly used in a variety of workplaces from warehouses and retail stores to offices – anywhere where items may be stored and needed to be accessed at height. But it’s important to ensure you use a stepladder properly to avoid being involved in an accident.
Using stepladders safely
You should always ensure that you check the stepladder before using it. If it appears to be broken or faulty, this should be reported to management immediately, as it is their responsibility to fix it. If this doesn’t happen and someone is injured, they could be accused of employer negligence. Here are a few more tips to help you use stepladders safely:
- Ensure the stepladder is on a firm, level surface – avoid using it on surfaces which aren’t clear, for example floors covered in packaging materials, as the ladder could slip.
- Don’t over reach and ensure that you keep both feet on the stepladder at all times.
- Don’t carry heavy loads when using a stepladder as this could cause you to lose your balance.
- Try to have someone with you to hold the stepladder steady if possible.
If you fall from a stepladder, you could suffer cuts and bruises, fractures or serious head injury, so it is important to follow the above tips. In addition, there should be regular checks carried out on stepladders and other work equipment, and a log of these checks should be kept detailing who carried them out and when.
Accidents at work – claiming compensation
If you’ve been involved in an accident whilst using a stepladder, and it wasn’t your fault, you could claim for compensation. For example, if your employer has failed to repair a broken stepladder and you have fallen from it, you could claim employer negligence. You’ll need advice from a specialist personal injury lawyer, and the team here at Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you.
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Date Published: December 22, 2013
Author: David Brown