Ladder Accident Claim *
The most typical place for a ladder accident * to occur is either at the workplace or at home. This form of injury is categorised under slips, trips and falls * and can happen for several different reasons. It is estimated that approximately 30% of falls from a height involve a ladder. If you have suffered a ladder-related injury * due to the negligence of another party you may be entitled to a legal remedy. Tracey Solicitors can provide you with expert legal advice and guidance with your best interest at heart, in a language that you can understand.
Employers have a legal responsibility to implement certain rules in the workplace. It is up to the workers to follow these instructions as it is for their own safety and interest that they do. Some of these obligations consist of:
- Must ensure that regulations are in place to prevent falls for those working at a height
- Must provide the necessary training for all aspects of a work site
- The employer should do everything possible to prevent falls
- An employer should erect adequate scaffolding under the proper supervision
- Employees should be protected from falling objects and ensure that equipment is properly and safely secured on the work site.
There are re-occurring themes regarding ladder injuries which are often preventable. Employers have a legal duty to train their staff to use ladders appropriately and always putting their safety first. Some of the most common causes of ladder accidents:
Overreaching accidents are the most common cause of ladder accidents. Often the injured party climbs up too many steps while holding an object and overstretches while attempting to complete the task at hand, causing them to lose their balance and the ladder to sway and collapse.
Not securely into to the ground
It is critical to your safety that the ladder is secure and in a stable condition on the ground. Ladders can be set up on an uneven surface which then causes it to tilt and fall when the person is at the top.
Loose grip on work boots
Oil spills, wetness or worn out shoes can contribute to a ladder accident. Before using a ladder, it is advisable to check your footwear are suitable for the height you’re working at. Wearing inadequate footwear can lead to an accident.
It is the duty of the employer to provide training on any equipment the employees use. No task should be carried out if you have not been instructed how to operate the tool. It is worth noting that it is also up to the employee to appropriately use the training they have been provided with.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
At Tracey Solicitors, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors * have years of experience in helping people who suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party. We understand the injuries (physically and emotionally) that you have suffered and have supported many people in similar situations proceed with personal injury claims * in Ireland over the past 30 years.
If you would like to discuss this topic in more detail, feel free to call 01 649 9900 for a confidential discussion and tell us about your case or reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask any questions or queries you may have.