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Construction sites, ladders and the potential for serious injury

For many people, working on a construction site every day in Louisiana is a dream come true. They're able to work with their hands in a fast-paced environment, while avoiding the dreaded cubicle.

Even if you have many years of experience as a construction worker, it's still possible you could be involved in an accident. For example, ladder accidents are all too common on construction sites.

Here are some tips you can follow to prevent an accident and promote a safer workplace:

  • Never use a defective or damaged ladder: Inspecting your ladder before use allows you to avoid this mistake, as you can pinpoint anything that has the potential to cause an accident.
  • Place your ladder on level ground: A ladder that's placed on uneven ground greatly increases the chance of tipping, especially if you're climbing high. It's critical to place your ladder on level and firm ground.
  • One person on a ladder at a time: There is never a good time for two people to be on a ladder at the same time. Even if you're in a hurry, wait for the other person to get off the ladder before you take the first step.
  • Maintain three points of contact: This is often overlooked by those who have many years of experience on a ladder, as they are extremely comfortable when climbing and descending. Even so, you must maintain three points of contact, which is either two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand.
  • Choose the right size ladder: A ladder that is too short or too long for the task at hand can force you to make an unsafe maneuver upon reaching the top.

A ladder accident can result in a variety of serious injuries, including but not limited to broken bones, traumatic brain injury, concussion and paralysis.

If you're injured on a construction site, learn more about the cause and your legal rights. This will put you in position to obtain the maximum recovery for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any applicable disability damages.

Visit our website and read our blog for more guidance pertaining to workplace injuries and your right to receive compensation.

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