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  • By: Benjamin Helfman, Esq.
  • Published: December 23, 2020
A person has been injured due to falling from a ladder at the workplace - Leep Tescher Helfman and Zanze

If you must use ladders as part of your job, please know that the risks you face are greater than they are for many other employees. Falls are a leading cause of injury, and it does not take a long fall for someone to suffer serious injuries. Just slipping on a six-foot ladder while changing a lightbulb could be enough. Ladders are always dangerous.

That said, they’re also often necessary, so how can you work safely?

Ladder Safety Starts With The Basics

Here are a few important tips:

  • Do not climb to the very top or even the step right below the top.
  • Do not climb on the backside of the ladder.
  • Do not have multiple workers use the same ladder at the same time.
  • Do not carry tools and materials up the ladder, especially if they exceed the weight limit.
  • Do not use a ladder that you haven’t inspected.
  • Always set the ladder up on flat, stable ground.
  • Do not reach too far to either side while working. If you must reach something, climb down and move the ladder.
  • Always use the right type of ladder. For instance, don’t use an extension ladder for a job that would be better done on a stepladder. Don’t use a 14-foot ladder for a job that requires a 20-foot ladder.
  • If you have any doubts about stability, have another worker hold the ladder from the ground.
  • Watch out for hazards overhead, such as power lines.

Just understanding that you face greater risks on a ladder can help you approach it with the right mindset.

What If You Get Injured In A Fall From A Ladder?

Even with the best precautions, ladder falls can still happen. If you get injured in a fall, you must know what options you have to recover your losses. Talk to an attorney about your options.

Attorney Benjamin Helfman is a dedicated California workers’ compensation attorney serving injured workers and employees in Shasta County and beyond. Attorney Helfman brings a wide breadth of experience and deep knowledge to the field of workers’ compensation, aiming to demystify its complex legal procedures to help the injured and disabled understand their rights and secure the financial compensation they deserve.

Connect with the law firm of Leep, Tescher, Helfman and Zanze to stay up to date on workers’ compensation laws and practices in California.

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