At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., we've helped people throughout Melbourne and other parts of Central Florida with complicated accident litigation. This includes auto accidents caused by negligent individuals as well as construction accidents caused by unsafe work conditions and dangerous worksites. With the latter in mind, we'd like to consider one source of construction accidents that many people do not consider: injuries involving ladders.
Ladder Safety Should Never Be Taken for Granted
While it may seem like a minor issue, ladder safety is extremely important to consider. A fall from a ladder can lead to serious injuries of workers and others, and in the vast majority of cases, ladder accidents are avoidable and preventable.
Many OSHA Violations Involve Poor Ladder Safety
Ladder safety issues and fall protection issues both made the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) list of top ten violations in 2013. What's interesting about the OSHA standards is that many of them pertain to common sense safety practices when it comes to ladders at workplaces, such as preventing slipping hazards, properly securing ladders, and ensuring that the weight capacity on the ladder is safe and within reason.
Common Causes of Ladder Accidents at Work Sites
Some of the most common causes of ladder accidents include the following:
- Using unstable ladders
- Using ladders that are damaged/structurally compromised
- Not securing or supporting the ladder properly for use
- Exceeding the ladder's maximum weight capacity
- Having wet or slippery materials near the ladder
- Not providing proper supervision or assistance when using a ladder
Potential Injuries from Ladder Accidents at Work Sites
Some potential injuries that may occur as a result of a ladder accident include the following:
- Bumps and bruises
- Cuts and scrapes
- Pulled or torn muscles
- Fractured or broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Damage to internal organs
Pedestrians and Bystanders Can Be Injured as Well
Ladder falls pose a number of dangers to workers, this is true, but passersby and people near the worksite are in danger as well. If a worker falls off a ladder, he or she may fall into someone merely walking by. The ladder itself can come loose and hurt others in vicinity as well. This is why all use of ladders, especially very large or tall ones, needs to be taken seriously and safety recommendations and common sense precautions must be observed.
Our Attorneys Will Fight for You
If you have been injured in a ladder accident at your place of work, we will work closely with you to determine if negligence led to the accident happening. Our team of lawyers will determine if your employers were at fault, if they were properly following OSHA safety standards, or if additional precautions could have been taken to prevent the accident from occurring.
Similarly, if you were passing by a worksite and were harmed as a result of a ladder accident, our lawyers will make sure that the employees at the worksite are taken to task for putting people at risk. We want to make sure that any and all acts of negligence are noted and the responsible parties are held accountable.
Speak with the Lawyers of Charpentier Law Firm, P.A.
If you or someone that you care about has been serious injured as a result of an accident at a construction site or an industrial workplace, be sure to contact our personal injury attorneys today. At Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., we are here for you.