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A closer look at ladder accidents in the workplace

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Whether you work on a construction site or in a warehouse, you likely use a ladder regularly in the workplace. While falls from a great heights can be dangerous, it is important to remember that falls from just a few feet can also cause severe injuries.

Some ladder falls are simply freak accidents. However, some patterns seem to emerge from the available statistics on ladder accidents. Outlined below are some of the more common causes.

Uneven surfaces

One of the most important aspects of ladder safety is having the base of the ladder firmly grounded. An unstable or unbalanced ladder puts the person climbing it in great danger, especially as they get nearer to the top. One shift in weight could cause the ladder to fall over, taking the individual with it.

Moving traffic

Certain work environments, such as warehouses, have a lot of activity going on at once. There can even be moving vehicles like forklifts and delivery vans in these locations. This poses a threat to individuals on ladders, and traffic should really not be allowed to operate in the same area where ladders are used.


Sometimes, even with the help of a ladder, that item remains just out of reach. This can tempt workers to overstretch themselves, which is a common cause of ladder accidents. It is vital that employees are provided with the appropriate ladders. Additionally, a person should always have three points of contact with the ladder.

Suffering an injury at work could mean that you are going to be unable to earn an income for some time. Claiming workers’ compensation could help relieve the financial pressure.

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