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Standing Up for Your Safety: What to Avoid When Using a Ladder


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1/8/2015
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Construction sites aren’t exactly known for their safety. With exposed electrical wires, unstable flooring, and dangerous equipment, these zones are full of hazards for workers. Although you can never fully ensure your safety, you can increase your chances of being accident-free by taking extreme caution in all that you do.

As an experienced construction worker, you take pride in knowing you follow all precautions to stay safe, so when you fell off your ladder, you were shocked. You’ve used the ladder for years without incident, but the rain made your ladder slick and you fell as a result.

What Not to Do When on a Ladder

Your employer may ask you to use your ladder in unsafe ways in order to save him time and money. Doing so is quite dangerous and can put you at risk for broken bones, head injuries, lacerations, and worse. In order to stay safe, avoid performing the following actions:

  • Placing your ladder on an unstable surface, such as barrels or boxes
  • Moving or shifting a ladder when workers or equipment are perched on the steps
  • Using a ladder horizontally, like a platform
  • Using damaged ladders
  • Using a metal ladder when working near electrical equipment or power lines
  • Leaving tools and other equipment on ladders
  • Using a ladder for anything other than its intended purpose, or stepping on the top rung or cap
  • Using ladders when the spreaders are unlocked
  • Painting ladders in opaque shades
  • Using cross braces on the rear of ladders for climbing

Construction Accident Victims Have Rights

If you’ve suffered an injury due to negligence on the construction site, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation that can help pay for your medical bills and time away from work.

The legal professionals of Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. have helped many accident victims in the Morris Plains area fight for their rights. Contact us today to speak with an attorney about your situation and find out if we can assist you as well.

 



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