Ladders are only useful to have if they are well-constructed and safe. Even the best ladder may require some maintenance from time to time, and if this isn’t done, the ladder could end up being dangerous to use.
The consequences of using faulty ladders could involve falls from a height more than anything else. However, this type of accident can easily mean someone suffers several injuries, including the potential for broken bones and possibly internal bleeding.
How to make sure you don’t use a faulty ladder
If you are given ladders to use at work (and providing you have received training in how to use the various types you might need to use), you should consider checking them prior to each use. While it is your employer’s responsibility to make sure all items of equipment are safe for use at all times, it doesn’t hurt to do what you can to ensure you check them as well.
Check to see all the rungs are present and tightly in place, and that all folding and locking mechanisms work as they should. If any part of the ladder seems unstable, or you have any doubts over its quality, make sure it is withdrawn from use so no one else uses it either. This will hopefully prevent accidents from occurring.
Have you fallen from a ladder at work?
Falls from height can very often incur serious injuries. A fall from a ladder can be particularly dangerous as it may involve multiple injuries, head injuries and also back injuries. The consequences of using faulty ladders can therefore be very severe, depending on what happens, how it happens and the height involved.
If you are currently recovering from injuries sustained in this manner, and your accident occurred within the last three years, why not give our team a call at Accident Advice Helpline? This could give you a chance of finding out whether a no win, no fee* claim could be a possibility in your case. Losses incurred through an inability to work, not to mention a claim relating to the actual injuries you sustained and their likely outcome, could potentially be due to you. Contact us on 0800 689 0500 – there’s no charge to ring us – and see whether we might be able to help out. If we can help, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Building site accident claims