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What’s the best way to prevent a ladder accident at work?

You've climbed up and down a ladder at work so many times that it has become second nature. While experience can go a long way in keeping you safe, there's always a chance of an accident.

These five tips will help you prevent a ladder accident at work:

  • Inspect the ladder before use: Defects and damage can make a ladder unsafe to use, so you'll want to remove it from service until the issue is properly addressed.
  • Place your ladder on firm and level ground: For example, if you're working outdoors, don't place your ladder in a mulch bed or on a hill. Doing so increases the risk of tipping as you climb higher.
  • Don't carry a heavy load: Climbing or descending a ladder with a heavy load increases the risk of being pulled to the ground below.
  • Keep an eye on the sky: When working outdoors, it's critical to stay off ladders in inclement weather. Rain, strong wind, snow, hail and ice all increase the risk of an accident.
  • Maintain three points of contact: It's best to keep two hands and one foot or one hand and two feet on the ladder at all times. This helps maintain your stability and balance.

These steps will allow you to maintain your safety when using a ladder at work.

If you're injured in a ladder accident, regardless of the cause, stop what you're doing, call for help and report the incident to your employer.

After receiving treatment, you may find that you're unable to return to work in the near future. This should lead you to file a workers' compensation claim.

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