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Basic ladder safety tips from OSHA

Ladders can be effective tools when attempting to get work done on a New York job site. However, it is important that they are used safely. In some cases, it may be better to use another tool. Consider using another tool if the ladder cannot be stood on properly or if an individual will need to work at a high elevation for an extended period of time.

It may also be worth using a scissor lift instead if a ladder cannot remain steady while a task is being performed. If it is necessary to use a ladder, OSHA offers a few recommendations as to how a person can do so properly. The ladder should be put on a smooth and level surface and fully extended prior to climbing on it. It should never be placed near a door unless it is locked as there is a chance that it could be opened and the ladder knocked over.

It is not safe to climb a ladder with tools or other objects in one hand. Furthermore, an individual should never stand on a ladder's top rung as this can be a safety hazard. Those who are attempting to climb or stand on a ladder should do so wearing shoes that won't slip or otherwise lose their grip.

The victim of a workplace ladder accident may experience a wide range of injuries. In some cases, these injuries will require medical treatment and time away from work for recovery. An injured employee may be able to file for workers' compensation benefits to help pay those bills and recoup lost wages. It might also be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit in the event that an accident was caused by an employer's gross negligence.

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