Ladders must be used with great care and with an understanding of how they work. Different ladders are available for different situations too, such as step-ladders and extending ladders for example. In the workplace ladders can come in very useful, but they should only ever be used when they are the ideal equipment for the task. In some cases they may not be ideal for use, and if they are used in this situation it could result in a serious ladder fall.
If someone has a fall of this kind in the workplace it could potentially lead to problems for the person involved. For example they may fall from a significant height and when this is the case there is the potential to incur some nasty injuries. Typical examples of this might include broken ribs, other broken bones and also soft tissue injuries. If negligence is found to have caused the injuries this could result in a fine for the business concerned.
How can a serious ladder fall be prevented?
The best way to prevent such an accident from happening is to ensure the proper safety measures are in place to begin with. A risk assessment should always be used to determine whether there are any potential dangers in place in these situations. For example it should highlight what methods should be used to perform a particular task, and whether the use of a ladder would be the most appropriate and safest thing to do. In some cases a platform might be better and safer.
Thankfully ladder falls are quite unusual nowadays. The majority of businesses take every care to ensure their workers are always safe and have the appropriate training required to do the job that is asked of them. When this doesn’t happen, or if there is a situation where potential dangers are not identified ahead of time, there could be a good chance of making a compensation claim.
Focusing on safety first
Clearly the most important thing to do here is to ensure every worker is properly trained and supervised where necessary. Often all that is required is a risk assessment to identify the best way to work, along with proper equipment and training.
If this hasn’t been the case for you, you can call Accident Advice Helpline free today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you can claim too.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown