As you may know, construction workers are expected to work under dangerous
conditions almost every time they step foot on a job site. Not only are
they asked to utilize various forms of
heavy machinery, but some are even expected to work at potentially fatal heights. It is
for this reason that accidents related to ladder use are some of the most
commonly reported in the construction industry.
In fact, statistics that have been compiled by the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) show that nearly one-third of all work-related
deaths are caused by
falls from elevated heights—which subsequently accounts for approximately 600 deaths each year.
Although not all of these fatalities can be attributed to ladder accidents,
a substantial number of workers are injured or killed in related incidents
every single day.
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Examining Some of the Most Common Causes
Among all construction-related ladder accidents, most workers are injured
under one of two circumstances: being struck by a ladder or falling off
of a ladder while located at an elevated height. Although the scope in
which one could be injured is fairly limited, the potential causes are
far more numerous. In fact, there is no telling just how many factors
can contribute to an eventual accident, but some of the most common may include:
- Ladder instability or movement
- Overreaching while on top of the ladder
- Defects in the ladder's design or manufacture
- Person / vehicle colliding with the ladder
- Failure to follow safety procedures
- Climbing the ladder with heavy equipment
- Ascending / descending too quickly
If you have been involved in a
construction accident under any of the aforementioned circumstances, you will need to determine
whether or not someone else is liable for providing you with compensation.
If it were to be discovered that the ladder was faulty to begin with,
you would have valid grounds to bring suit against the makers. If, however,
the accident was caused by your own carelessness, inattention or negligence,
you may only be able to claim
workers' compensation benefits.
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OSHA's Safety Regulations Regarding Ladder Use in the Workplace
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) has devised
a number of different safety regulations regarding the use of ladders
in the workplace. This is meant to keep workers safe, but not all employers
choose to follow these mandatory guidelines. When this happens, there
is no telling how catastrophic the subsequent damage will be. For this
reason, the NY construction accident attorneys at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell
& Ryan LLP though that it was important to review some of these OSHA
regulations and reiterate the importance of their implementation, including:
1926.1051(a) – A ladder must be provided at all points of access where there is a break
in elevation of 19 inches or more. This must only be done when a ramp,
runway, sloped embankment or personnel hoist is not present.
1926.1051(a)(2) – When a ladder is the only means of access / exit for 25 or more workers,
a double-cleated ladder or two or more separate ladders must be provided.
This is also true when a ladder is being used for simultaneous two-way traffic.
1926.1051(b) – Employers must install all ladder fall protection systems and comply with
all pertinent requirements before their employees begin work that necessitates
the installation and use of ladders and their fall protection systems.
If you are interested in reviewing a more comprehensive list of health
and safety regulations, visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's
Contact an NYC Construction Accident Lawyer Today
If you have recently been involved in a ladder accident while working on
a construction site, you should not hesitate to get in touch with a New
York City construction accident lawyer at our firm immediately. Not only
may you be entitled to compensation through insurance benefits, but you
may also be able to claim damages through a third party lawsuit. For this
reason, the legal team at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP encourages you to
contact the firm today.