Ladder falls continue to be a major cause of workplace injury and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2011 alone, there were 113 ladder-related deaths, and more than 34,000 injuries that required emergency room treatment. Our personal injury lawyers are now investigating potential lawsuits for men and women who suffered these and other serious injuries on the job.
Free Ladder Fall Workplace Accident Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one fell off a ladder on the job or sustained another workplace injury, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.
CDC: Ladder Falls Leading Cause of Injury, Death Among U.S. Workers
According to a new study, falls off ladders are a major cause of injury and death among American workers. The study, which was conducted by a CDC research team led by Christina Socias, looked at U.S. national data from 2011. The researchers found that workplace ladder falls resulted in 113 deaths, nearly 15,500 nonfatal injuries that required missing work, and approximately 34,000 nonfatal injuries that required hospitalization.
"Falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury [deaths] nationwide, and 43 percent of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder," said the researchers. Overall, "among workers, approximately 20 percent of fall injuries involve ladders.”
Individuals at greatest risk for these types of injuries include men, older employees, latinos and those who work in construction, extraction, installation or maintenance and repair.
How You Can Prevent Workplace Ladder Falls
Despite the large number of ladder falls among U.S. workers, Socias and her colleagues believe most of these injuries can be prevented. The researchers are calling on employers, safety experts and healthcare professionals to work together to make safe ladder use training more widely available.
Socias has also called for additional studies into workplace ladder fall prevention, including the development of new technology to reduce the risk of ladder-related injuries and death. Until then, these few steps can help prevent workplace ladder falls:
- Get most of your work done on the ground, and only use a ladder when necessary;
- Whenever possible, provide workers with alternatives to ladders, such as aerial lifts or scaffolds;
- Make sure ladders are undamaged, fully functional, and appropriate for the job they are being used for;
- Provide on-the-job ladder safety training and information.
Do I Have a Ladder Fall Workplace Accident Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Workplace Accident Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new ladder fall injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Ladder Fall Workplace Accident Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one fell off a ladder on the job or sustained another workplace injury, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Workplace Accident Suit and we can help.