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Why do ladder accidents continue to happen?

Here is one of the most important things you need to know about ladder accidents: Each and every one of these can be avoided.

Do you use a ladder on a regular basis to complete your job? Are you always in close proximity to other workers who are working at height?

There is no denying the fact that ladders go a long way in making it easier to complete many jobs, such as installing a new roof or painting a building. However, if the right safety procedures are not in place, you could suffer a fall.

Here are some of the many reasons why ladder accidents continue to happen:

-- Using the wrong type of ladder, such as one that is not long enough to reach your intended height.

-- Using a damaged ladder. Contrary to what some people believe, ladders do not last forever.

-- Incorrect use of a ladder. An example of this would be standing on the top rung.

-- Incorrect placement. Simply put, you should never step onto a ladder unless it is on solid ground. Neglecting to double-check this detail could lead to the ladder tipping.

These are just a few of the most common reasons for a ladder accident. These go a long way in showing just how careful you need to be when setting up a ladder at your workplace.

If you are injured in a ladder fall, receive immediate medical attention. Also, make sure you report the accident to your employer. This will help you when it comes time to make a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Source: West Bend, "Ladder Safety," accessed June 19, 2017

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