Stepladders may seem like an innocuous tool, but they can cause significant injuries if people aren’t careful when using them. To ensure that people aren’t putting themselves at risk when using ladders, the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety has created a list of safety tips.
One of the most important parts of ladder safety involves selecting a ladder that is right for the job. Before using a ladder, people should ensure that the one they will be using is able to hold their weight and that it is about 3 feet shorter than the height that they are trying to reach. If a ladder won’t hold their weight, it may collapse underneath them, and if a ladder isn’t tall enough, people may fall off while trying to reach something.
It’s also important to select a ladder that is in good condition. Using ladders that are missing rivets, have cracked boards or are shaky greatly increases someone’s risk of being harmed even if they’re only trying to reach something a few feet off of the ground. For additional safety, people may also want to have another individual brace a ladder that they are using.
People who are injured on the job may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even if it was the result of their own negligence. Workers’ compensation benefits can provide them with coverage for medical bills, including doctor’s visits, medications and physical therapy. In some cases, it may also provide partial wage replacement. An attorney who has experience with these matters can often be of assistance with the preparation and filing of the required claim.