Ladders are very useful to have around. We cannot always reach the areas we would like to, whether we are doing DIY or simply trying to reach a shelf that is too tall for us to get to without help. However, the consequences of using ladders incorrectly can be quite serious, which is why we should all be aware of how to use them safely.
This is true in every situation where a ladder is going to be used. However, when it comes to their use in the workplace, there is a clear need to make sure the employer provides ample and appropriate training for employees who may need to use them.
The duty of care
You may have heard of the duty of care before. Here, it relates to the duty an employer has to take care of the people working for them. This means providing them with the appropriate training to allow the employees to do their jobs properly and to the best of their ability. It means providing training that will keep them safe, as they put their knowledge to good use.
It also applies to ladder training, as there could be a range of ladders that may need to be used in different situations and in different ways. When someone has received this training, they are far less likely to be involved in an accident because they didn’t know how to use a ladder properly.
What could go wrong?
If someone falls from a ladder, it could be from just one or two rungs up, or it could be from a much more significant height. In either case, they could fall awkwardly and sustain injuries. Crush injuries are common in falls, as the person either hits the ground or hits something else instead. Broken bones can easily occur in this instance, as can other internal injuries.
If you have fallen from a ladder at work and you didn’t receive ladder training, you may have a reason to make a compensation claim for the injuries you suffered. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to see if this is the case. One of our lawyers could be assigned to take on your case, and if so, there would be no solicitors’ fees unless your claim went through successfully. Find out today whether this could be the case in your particular situation.
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead