Dangerous ladder use isn’t something you will see a lot in the workplace. This is down to the application by the majority of businesses of health and safety rules. There is also a specific set of rules that relate to working at height, and employers must ensure these rules are also followed to minimise the chances that dangerous ladder use would ever occur.
In this situation it is important to consider what the consequences of such dangerous use could potentially be. For example if workers were not properly trained in the use of different types of ladders this could lead to an increased likelihood of something going wrong. This could happen purely because of a lack of training, not to mention inappropriate use of the wrong ladders.
Is negligence something that crops up often with ladder use?
There are certainly potential situations where a worker may not use a ladder properly but gets away with it and is not injured. However, this does not mean the situation was safe. Often it is only when someone is injured that a lack of health and safety in this particular area is discovered.
For the injured person this can be a rude awakening. They may end up with injuries that take time to recover from. If this is the case they may end up being off work for a period of time and in some instances this may mean they don’t earn any money. If negligence on the part of the employer led to the incident occurring, the employer could be at fault.
Recovering from ladder injuries
Recovery could take time if the injuries are severe. Even a broken bone can take several weeks to heal and a little longer before the individual is able to return to work. However, if the ladder fall is a serious one it could result in head injuries for the person who falls. In this case they could potentially suffer life-changing injuries that mean they cannot return to the job they were doing before.
In any ladder accident though, you may want to seek no-obligation advice to see whether there is a chance of making a compensation claim. This is something Accident Advice Helpline can assist with if your injury occurred within the last three years. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to see if this is the case for you.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at work claim