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3 common causes of ladder accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2024 | Workplace Risks

Ladders are found in most workplaces. For example, a small step ladder may be available in offices to change light bulbs and reach high shelves. In fields like construction, high ladders are used all the time. 

While ladders serve a purpose, they also have the potential to be dangerous. Tens of thousands of people are injured in the U.S. every year in ladder accidents. 

What are some of the most common causes of these accidents?

1. User error 

In many cases, the person who falls off of the ladder makes a small error. For example, they may try to climb the ladder too quickly and lose balance as a result. Or, the user may miss a step on their way down the ladder. One thing that can combat these risks is to maintain three points of contact. A ladder user must always have at least two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot in contact with the ladder at all times. 

2. Poor placement 

The placement of the ladder is very important. Generally, ladders should be placed on level ground. Where slopes are concerned, only ladders with adjustable feet should be used. A ladder at an angle is in danger of tipping over and causing serious injuries. 

3. The wrong type of ladder 

There are various types of ladders and it’s important that the right one is used for the job at hand. For example, a small step ladder is no use for reaching high surfaces. At the same time, a huge ladder may not be the best piece of equipment for reaching a small distance.

If you have been injured on the job, workers’ compensation may be a possibility. Seek legal guidance to find out more about the process.