You might use a ladder at work in a variety of different situations. Perhaps you work in a shoe store and use a ladder in the stockroom to reach boxes on the higher shelves. Maybe you’re a librarian who uses a ladder to reach books for customers. Or perhaps you are a painter and decorator who relies on a ladder for those ceiling touch-ups. Whatever your reasons for using a ladder, it is important that the ladder you use has been thoroughly checked and regularly inspected to ensure it is safe to use. Injured at work and a faulty ladder is to blame? You could claim faulty ladder injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve been helping people claim compensation since 2000 and we specialise in personal injury law.
How and when to check your ladder
Ladder pre-use checks should be carried out at the start of every working day and by the user before they use the ladder. Here are the things to look out for:
- Check the feet to make sure they’re not missing, worn or damaged, as the ladder could slip
- Check the rungs – are any worn, loose, bent or missing?
- Check the stiles to see if any are damaged or bent, as the ladder could collapse
- Check the stepladder platform – a buckled platform could cause a collapse
- Check any locking mechanisms are not worn, bent or damaged
- Check the treads and steps on the stepladder are not slippery or contaminated
If you have any concerns about the safety of a ladder you are about to use, report this to your employer. It’s their responsibility to ensure that equipment such as ladders is safe to use. If you have reported a faulty ladder and it has not been repaired, and you are injured as a result, you could claim faulty ladder injury compensation.
What sort of injuries could be sustained?
A fall from height could lead to serious injuries – even a fatality. It’s not uncommon for ladder falls to lead to broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, facial injuries or even loss of teeth. If you have been seriously injured after falling from a ladder at work, give Accident Advice Helpline a ring on 0800 689 0500. Our team of expert personal injury advisors will be able to tell you if you have a viable claim and offer advice as to what happens next. Or why not take the 30-second test on our website, to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to?
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton
Category: Working with tools injury