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Ladder Accidents

Ladder Accident Injury Lawsuits

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Ladder Accidents

More than 500,000 people a year are treated for ladder-related injuries in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Of these 500,000 injuries approximately 300 people in the U.S. die from ladder related injuries annually.

A large percentage of ladder injuries could have been prevented if proper work conditions, equipment and safety instruction were provided. Not only are these measures necessary to minimize ladder dangers but they are also OSHA requirements.

Our lawyers are experienced and successful in ladder representing victims of ladder accidents and other occupational injuries. By completing a lawsuit case evaluation form a qualified lawyer will review your case free of charge, with no obligation.

Below are OSHA rules for safe ladder use:

  • Inspect every ladder prior to EVERY use.
  • Do not use ladders with structural defects; properly tag with "Do Not Use" and withdraw from service.
  • Carry ladders parallel to the ground.
  • Tie ladders down securely when transporting.
  • Keep ladders free of oil, grease and other hazards.
  • Do not load ladder beyond maximum intended load.
  • Use only for the purpose for which the ladder was designed (refer to manufacturer's labeling and recommendations).
  • Barricade traffic areas in vicinity of ladder use. Lock, barricade or guard doorways in which a ladder is placed.
  • Keep area around the top and bottom of ladder clear. Do not move, shift or extend ladder while occupied.
  • Use only non-conductive side rails around live electrical equipment.
  • Do not use top or top step for standing/stepping.
  • Do not stand on cross bracing.
  • Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
  • Always maintain three points of contact with the ladder (two feet/one hand or two hands/one foot should be in contact with ladder at all times).
  • Carry tools in pouches around waist; use a rope to raise or lower large items such as tool boxes or materials.
  • Do not overextend sideways. Use the belt buckle rule: keep your belt buckle positioned between the side rails at all times, which will maintain your center of gravity.
  • Never allow more than one worker on the ladder at a time.
  • Wear protective clothing and rubber-soled shoes.

Need Legal Help Regarding Ladder Accidents?

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