Construction companies in Rhode Island are responsible for taking protective measures to keep their workers safe. However, construction site accidents are common. And a significant amount of those accidents involve falling from ladders.
Safely using a ladder
Ladders are an essential tool for construction workers. You’re unlikely to find a construction site where there isn’t at least one ladder in use. But the importance of ladder safety is often ignored on some construction sites. Numerous claims for workers’ compensation benefits are filed because of accidents involving falls from ladders.
Construction site accidents can happen, even in the safest of environments. That’s why construction workers should know how to safely use a ladder.
Check the height and load-bearing capacity
The height of a ladder and its load-bearing capacity is important. The ladder should allow the construction worker to reach the desired height without leaning or stretching over the sides of the ladder. The ladder should also bear the weight of the worker and any items the worker is carrying.
Rest the ladder on a stable and flat surface
A ladder can slip or tip over if it’s placed on an uneven surface. Checking the ground for debris or uneven surfaces can help prevent an accident that would lead to a claim for compensation. The angle of the ladder also matters. The bottom of the ladder should sit away from the wall so the top of the ladder will lean against the wall, but remain stable enough to prevent falling or sliding over.
Construction workers should know how to properly make contact with the ladder. For example, workers should always face the ladder when climbing. They should also keep both hands and one foot or both feet and one hand on the ladder at all times.