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Construction site ladder accidents: More common than you think

As a construction worker, you may not think twice about that ladder you climb up and down 100 times a day. The same holds true for that scaffolding that you call home for several hours at a time.

While you may be comfortable using a ladder to make your job easier, there's something you need to know: It only takes one mishap to find yourself part of a serious accident that can change your life forever.

Since construction site ladder accidents are so common, it's imperative to have a plan in place for maintaining your safety. Here are five tips to keep in mind:

  1. Never use a ladder until you first inspect it. You're looking for defects, such as cracks and loose bolts, which could cause an accident. If you find something wrong, no matter how minor it may be, put the ladder to the side and find a replacement.
  2. Always place your ladder on firm and level ground. It can be a challenge to do this every time, but it's critical to your well-being. Placing a ladder on an uneven surface is a surefire way to increase the likelihood of an accident.
  3. Watch the sky. You don't want to find yourself going up and down a ladder in rainy and/or windy conditions.
  4. Maintain three points of contact. You should always have both hands and one foot or two feet and one hand on the ladder at all times.
  5. Never stand on the top rung of a ladder. This is a mistake that many people make, especially if they're using the wrong ladder for the job.

Not every construction site ladder accident results in injury, but you never know what could happen in the event of a fall.

If you're part of a ladder accident, stay where you are and wait for help to arrive. Also, make sure your employer is clear as to what went wrong, as you need them to know that you were injured on the job.

Your medical team may suggest that you recover at home for an extended period of time. In this case, look into your legal rights, such as your ability to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

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