Like other tools, the ladder is a tool. Bad practices, lack of maintenance, lack of proper training, ladder recalls, and poorly manufactured ladders or ladders with defective parts can cause serious ladder injuries.
According to a past issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, more than 2.1 million people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for ladder related injuries covering a 15 year span from 1990 through 2005. About 10 percent of these injuries required hospitalization. 97 percent of the injuries happened at home or at farms vs. an occupational setting.
77 percent of the injured were men. Broken bones were the most common type of injury while the feet and legs were the most injured body parts as well as wrist, knees, and spinal injuries. Falling from any height can also cause brain injury and traumatic brain injury.
People have reported ladders where extension locks failed or repositioned jarring the user while altering the ladder’s equilibrium causing the user to fall out of the sky and come crashing to the ground.
As for attic ladders, the unguarded ladder opening poses a serious falling hazard. Attic ladders are usually steep and shaky. When you have nothing to hold onto, getting into the attic from the ladder is dangerous and cumbersome.
In construction work, may ladder injuries occur because a ladder base slides or the ladder tips over or tips sideways. Lack of ladder safety training in a construction worker’s native language also contributes to ladder injury accidents. Inadequate maintenance is another reason for ladder injury on the job.
For job-made ladders, landings, and security attachments, these must be inspected at least once a week. Any defects must be immediately correctly, or the ladder must be taken out of service.
Have you suffered a seriously faulty ladder injury? If the answer is yes, take action today to find out what your legal options are for a faulty ladder product negligence lawsuit.