What Causes Ladder Accidents?

What Causes Ladder Accidents?

Below, our Manhattan personal injury attorney runs through some of the most common causes of ladder accidents. Give us a call if you want to discuss a possible legal claim.

Ladders help us reach things high off the ground, which can be useful around the home and at work. However, ladders are also dangerous. Any fall from a ladder can result in traumatic injuries to the internal organs, back, or head. Many ladder accident victims will be paralyzed or suffer from difficulty going about daily tasks. Although many ladder accident injuries heal, others can leave a person permanently disabled.

Below, our Manhattan personal injury attorney runs through some of the most common causes of ladder accidents. Give us a call if you want to discuss a possible legal claim.

Ladder Defects

Most ladders are very safe, but they can become dangerously unstable when there is a defect. Some more common defects include:

·       Defective hinges

·       Rotted rungs

·       Missing slip-resistant feet

·       Lack of load rating information

·       Poor design

Any defect that contributes to an accident is the fault of the manufacturer, and injured people (including workers) can often bring a lawsuit for their injuries. Of course, to bring a successful claim, workers must have used the ladder properly; otherwise, they might forfeit their ability to sue.

Heavy Ladders

Many construction workers are lugging around ladders that are far too heavy. As a result, they are suffering soft-tissue injuries while trying to lift these ladders repeatedly. New, lighter designs (including fiberglass ladders) has relieved some workers of these injuries.

Improper Set-Up

A ladder might become unstable if it is not set up on level ground or the worker tries to level the ladder by putting plywood underneath one or both legs. As a result, the ladder can slide off a building or collapse.

Other ladders might be set up too close to a powerline or other electrical sources. A worker who is electrocuted can suffer serious internal injuries but also will probably fall off the ladder and suffer other injuries when hitting the ground.

Overreaching

As Industrial Safety & Hygiene News notes, overreaching is one of the leading causes of ladder injuries. When on the ladder, a worker should avoid reaching out too far. Instead, they should keep their body in between the two side rails. By reaching out too far, they exceed the ladder’s footprint, which can cause it to tip over or slide off a building.

Inadequate Training

Everyone has climbed a ladder at some point, but this does not mean that construction workers know how to work on one safely. Employers should provide adequate safety training. When training is absent, many workers are unnecessarily injured. For reference, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration has ladder safety videos on its website.

Contact a Manhattan Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you have been injured on a ladder, you might be able to bring a lawsuit, but everything depends on identifying the correct reason for the accident. If you made a mistake on the ladder, then you might not be able to sue. The opposite is true if a ladder defect is to blame, or if someone set up the ladder carelessly.

Contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today to review your case by calling 917-813-3514 or submitting our contact form.

 

Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

At our law firm, we represent the rights of those injured in a scaffolding accident. We have experience representing both construction workers and members of the public who are injured as innocent bystanders.

Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffolding is necessary to help construction workers do their job in high places. With scaffolding, a worker can move easily between levels and transport materials without the need for a crane.

Unfortunately, scaffolding accidents are not rare, and when they occur, they can be deadly. Construction workers can suffer serious injuries, including broken bones, back injuries, and concussions. They also endanger many people on the ground, who can be struck by a falling construction worker or falling materials.

At our law firm, we represent the rights of those injured in a scaffolding accident. We have experience representing both construction workers and members of the public who are injured as innocent bystanders. To get started on your case, please contact our Brooklyn construction accident attorney today.

Improper Installation

Scaffolding might have been set up in a way that is dangerous. The scaffolding might not have been set up on a level surface, which increases its instability. Screws could also be missing, or the scaffolding could be set up too far away from the building.

Scaffolding should be regularly checked to make sure that it is stable every day before workers climb onto it. Unfortunately, poor construction can cause the scaffolding to collapse or tip away from the building. In these types of accidents, injured victims might sue the subcontractor who installed the scaffolding.

Electrical Injuries

Scaffolding could be installed too close to a power source. Scaffolding is often a good conductor of electricity, which means workers can be exposed to electrical current if they or the scaffolding touches a power line. This type of exposure can cause serious injuries, including burns or organ damage. It can also send a worker tumbling to the ground where he can land on other construction workers or pedestrians. These accidents are often the fault of the subcontractor who installed the scaffolding.

Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall

Workers need specific training on how to move around scaffolding. When they do not receive that training, they can make critical errors, such as tripping over tools or materials. Either the work or the material can fall to the ground. Employers are responsible for properly training their workers.

Overloaded Scaffolding

Scaffolding can only hold so much weight, but workers might go ahead and pile materials onto the scaffolding, which causes planks or the structure itself to collapses, sending everyone to the ground. Either the workers or others on the job site could be to blame when this accident occurs.

Scaffolding Defects

Scaffolding could be defective in one of several ways:

·       Design. The way it is designed makes the scaffolding inherently unstable, even when installed properly.

·       Manufacture. Weak materials or shoddy manufacturer could make parts of the scaffolding too weak, contributing to a collapse. When scaffolding has a manufacturing defect, it can collapse even when it is not overloaded.

·       Lack of instructions. The scaffolding could be missing a proper load rating, which causes workers to overload it.

When a manufacturing defect is to blame, anyone injured should consider whether to sue the manufacturer.

Speak with a Construction Accident Attorney in Brooklyn

A scaffolding accident could send you to the hospital with serious injuries. Contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today. We are one of the oldest personal injury firms in New York City, with over 100 years of collective experience.

Reach out to schedule a free consultation by calling 917-813-3514 or filling out our contact form.

 

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