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Why gates are better than chains on a job site

Louisiana workers who are using a ladder should always have a self-closing gate to protect them from hazards. While chains are used on many job sites, they can create potential safety hazards in themselves. First, an individual has to reattach the chain while standing on the ladder itself. Furthermore, his or her back is to the hazard while this is being done.

Next, there is a probability of user error while reattaching the chain. If it is not done correctly, it could increase the risk of a worker getting hurt. With a self-closing gate, there is no chance of user error that could result in an injury. The reason why chains may be used instead of gates while a ladder is in use goes back to a 1982 letter of interpretation issued by OSHA.

In the letter, OSHA says that chains may be used as long as they are as effective as a swinging gate. This lead to many companies using chains instead of gates to save money. However, OSHA said in 2016 that it didn't believe that double chains were effective at preventing falls at hole entrances. Therefore, employers should use gates while a worker is using a ladder to prevent a fall.

Employees who are hurt in a fall, he or she may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Depending on the severity of the injury, he or she may be given benefits on a permanent basis. If an employer acted in a negligent manner, and the negligence was the main cause of the fall or another workplace injury, an injured worker may also have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Injured workers may wish to talk with an attorney about their rights after being hurt on the job.

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