Ladders can be very useful for helping you reach higher areas, such as shelving or cupboards. They are also useful in specific circumstances, such as on construction sites when certain jobs require someone to work at height. While ladders are not always the best things to use (sometimes scaffolding can be better and safer), they definitely have a role to play.
However, ladders can be potentially dangerous if they are not used in the proper manner. This is one of the reasons why any task should be assessed prior to beginning, to ensure the right equipment is used. There are a variety of ladders, and while one may be totally unsuitable for a particular task, another type of ladder might be ideal.
Using ladders safely in the workplace
Employers have a duty to ensure their employees receive proper training in using ladders safely. This will eradicate many of the more common accidents that sometimes occur. For example, the ladder should be used at the correct angle. If it isn’t, there is a greater chance of a fall occurring.
Ladders are usually selected for tasks that won’t take long to complete. The longer someone stands on a ladder, the more likely it is they’ll be at risk of having an accident. As well as having proper training, people using ladders at work should also make sure the ladder is safe to use prior to using it. The employer should ensure all ladders are regularly inspected so they do not pose any risk.
Injuries resulting from using faulty ladders
If someone falls from a ladder, it could involve a fall of several feet. As such, injuries may include broken bones, cuts, bruises and even more serious injuries such as head, neck or spinal injuries. A lot depends on the way the person falls, what they fall onto and how far they fall.
It is worth noting that compensation claims are often made when injuries from a ladder fall or other associated accident can be found to be caused by another individual. If this sounds familiar, and you think you’ve suffered injuries that could fall into this category, give the team at Accident Advice Helpline a call as quickly as possible. There is a three-year limit on making such claims, so call us at 0800 689 0500 at your earliest convenience to see if we can help.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead