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Using a ladder at work can be more dangerous than you think

Your profession may call for you to use a ladder to complete a variety of tasks. For example, if you work as a painter or roofer, you'll climb up and down ladders all day long.

While a ladder is one of the most functional tools on a job site, it's also one of the most dangerous. Even if you're careful about every move you make, you could still be part of a ladder accident that causes a serious injury.

Here are five ladder safety tips to follow:

  • Never used a damaged ladder: Inspect a ladder before use, paying close attention to any damage or defects that put your safety at risk. For example, if one of the rungs is missing or cracked, mark it as damaged so no one uses the ladder until it's fixed.
  • Place the ladder on firm and level ground: A ladder that's placed on soft and/or uneven ground is one that's more likely to tip as you climb higher. It's easy to overlook this detail, especially when you're in a hurry to get the job done.
  • Maintain three points of contact: You should always have two hands and one foot on the ladder, or two feet and one hand on the ladder. This helps you maintain stability at all times.
  • Don't carry a load that can pull you off the ladder: A heavy load has the potential to shift while you're carrying it, thus pulling you off the ladder and to the ground below.
  • Don't place the ladder next to any type of traffic: This includes heavily trafficked areas by coworkers, as well as vehicles. If anyone bumps the ladder while you're on it, there's a chance you'll fall to the ground.

Just because you're involved in a ladder accident doesn't necessarily mean you'll suffer an injury. However, it's important to receive medical care, as a brain injury, broken bone or soft tissue tear is not out of the question.

Once you understand your injuries, you can turn your attention to the cause of the accident. As you collect more information, focus on the steps you can take to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Visit our website and read our blog for more information on the steps to take after an accident.

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