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Ladder safety: How to keep yourself safer at work

For most jobs over six feet, working on a ladder is a must. For some employees, it’s just a temporary task. For others, like house painters or contractors, it’s an everyday occurrence. No matter which category you’re in, you need to know how to use the ladder safely and avoid a fall, which could lead to serious injuries.

Safety measures to use when you’re using a ladder at work

Here are a few important tips that can help you stay safer on the job:

  • Always inspect a ladder prior to use for cracks, rust or weak points
  • Use the right ladder for the job — i.e., a stepladder vs. an extension ladder
  • Stay off of the very top step of the ladder at all times
  • Make sure the ladder is tall enough to be used safely for the job
  • Always move the ladder to the side, rather than leaning while on it to reach a new spot
  • Consider ways to make the ladder more stable, such as securing it to a support or having another worker hold it
  • Check your location to ensure that the ladder is stable and balanced
  • Always keep three points of contact with the ladder (two feet and one hand, or both hands and one foot)

Unfortunately, ladder falls happen all the time to workers all over the United States. 

Work with an attorney who is firmly on your side after a workplace injury

If you suffer serious injuries, you must know what options you have to obtain compensation and benefits.

If you need legal assistance with your workers’ comp case, know that calling me means that you get the personal attention your case deserves. I take cases myself; I don’t just hand them to a case manager like other firms. You work closely with me, I put your interests first and I am easy to get in touch with if you ever have questions or concerns. To get started with a consultation, just give me a call at 912-289-0640 or contact me through the site