We’ve all heard of accidents that have occurred while people were using ladders. The dangers of working with ladders are usually all too obvious, but you may not be aware of them all. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the main dangers to be alert to.
Possible dangers of working with ladders
- Falls. The higher up a ladder you are, the further you have to fall if something were to go wrong. Knowing how to use ladders safely will help reduce the risks.
- Broken ladders. Before using a ladder, you should perform a visual check to ensure it is safe to use, and has no broken rungs or other issues that could compromise your safety. If it does, you should refrain from using it and ask your employer for another one. They should then prevent anyone else from using that ladder.
- Overloading a ladder. Some ladders have a weight limit. If you are heavier than the limit indicated, the ladder won’t be safe to use. If your ladder has been supplied by your employer, they have a duty to make sure it is suitable for the task at hand, and is checked for any weight limits or other issues that could potentially increase the chances of something going wrong.
- Incorrect use of a ladder. Do you know the angle at which a ladder should be leaned against a building? This is taught during training, which points out how important it is to receive proper training before you start using ladders.
- Using a ladder when a platform or scaffolding would be preferable. This is another big danger. Sometimes using a ladder may seem quicker and easier, but it may not be safer. Would you know which situation you were in, and whether the use of a ladder would be appropriate?
Find out more about any injuries you suffered while using a ladder
If you have already seen first-hand the dangers of working with ladders, you may have injuries you sustained at the time. Could you claim compensation for suffering those injuries? Why not find out by calling Accident Advice Helpline now? Our number is 0800 689 0500 and you have a chance to see whether one of our experienced professional injury compensation lawyers could represent you in a case for a no win, no fee* claim. You have nothing to lose.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Building site accident claims