Ladders are very useful things to have around. No matter how tall you happen to be, there could still be areas you cannot reach – perhaps a high shelf, or a gutter, for example – that become easily accessible with the aid of a ladder.
Ladders are used in all kinds of workplaces, too. For example, they can be used in stores where people have to put out stock on high shelves. They can be used to help hang banners or access other areas that are out of reach to people walking by on ground level. However, the importance of understanding safety while using ladders cannot be underestimated. The injuries you could sustain using ladders can be quite significant in some instances.
What are the injuries you could sustain using ladders?
Broken bones, head injuries and back injuries might all potentially occur if you were to fall while using a ladder. Even with proper training in how to use a ladder properly, you may still have an accident if you are given a ladder that is not fit for purpose. This could happen if you have bought a new ladder to use at home that is unsafe in some way, and also if you use one at work that has not been checked and confirmed to be safe.
The injuries you could sustain using ladders can be serious if you fall from a height, or if you fall onto something that causes you further injury. For example, you could fall awkwardly and hit the floor or a wall, or something else that causes broken bones.
How can you recover?
The recovery period after injuries caused in a fall can be significant. It all depends on which part (or parts) of your body you injure, and how bad the injuries are. Broken bones typically heal within a few weeks, but a head injury could take much longer. Obviously, the more serious the injury, the more potential there is for you to be affected for some time.
Accident Advice Helpline has dealt with a number of cases over the years relating to injuries caused by ladders. Could we help you in some way? Give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 and see whether we can refer you to one of our lawyers who could take up your case to get compensation following negligence on the part of another party.
Date Published: April 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead