According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are injured every year while using a ladder or stepstool. In addition, almost 20% of workplace injuries are related to ladder use.
Whether your work involves the use of ladders or you are just dragging your ladder out of storage for annual fall gutter cleaning, here are some safety tips on how to prevent ladder injuries:
- Only one person should be on a ladder at a time; check the maximum load weight for your ladder so you don’t exceed it.
- Do not stand on the top three rungs of a ladder and be sure your ladder is tall enough for the job. Use the guideline of having a three foot extension above a roofline or working surface.
- When using single, straight or extension ladders, set up at a 75-degree angle.
- Metal ladders should include slip-resistant feet.
- If you are working around power lines or electrical equipment, do NOT use a metal ladder, which conducts electricity.
- Make sure all ladder locks are properly engaged before climbing on a ladder.
- Set the ladder on level, firm ground and have someone else hold the bottom of the ladder.
- Do not work on a ladder that is placed in front of a door that has not been locked or blocked.
- Center your body between the rails of the ladder at all times; do not lean too much to one side.
- Do not leave a raised ladder unattended.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an accident, our Texas personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.
Justin is an attorney at Roberts & Roberts and focuses his practice on mass tort litigation, where he specializes in helping individuals who are harmed by recalled or unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. He has earned recognition as a “Top 40 Under 40” Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Prior to joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin served as an attorney in all three branches of Texas’s state government, including as a Briefing Attorney on the Texas Supreme Court. He also represented electric and natural gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Justin is a published author in the St. Mary’s Law Journal.