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Ladder falls can lead to serious injuries, considerable expense

Thinking of industrial accidents might bring up images of workers being caught in machinery and other similar accidents. It might surprise some people to know that falls form ladders are the leading cause of death from falls. In fact, around 300 people die because of falling from ladders each year in this country. More than 500,000 people are treated for injuries from falling off a ladder.

The risk of suffering an injury because of falling from a ladder is increased by certain points. People who work in maintenance, construction and repair are more likely to suffer from a ladder-fall injury. Males, older workers, Hispanics and self-employed individuals are also at an increased risk of suffering from an injury because of a ladder fall.

It is estimated that the cost of ladder-fall injuries is around $11 billion per year in the United States. This doesn't include only medical bills. It also includes pain-and-suffering expenses, work loss costs, legal costs and liability costs.

It is vital that employers who expect employees to use ladders ensure that proper safety protocol is established for the use of ladders. The ladders must be in good condition and suitable safety equipment must be provided.

A worker who is injured in a fall from a ladder might opt to seek compensation for the injuries he or she suffered. If you are a worker who was injured in that way, you should explore all the options you have for seeking compensation for your fall. Learning as much as you can about seeking compensation can help you to make plans for your claim.

Source: Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, "How big is the problem of ladder falls?," accessed Jan. 01, 2016

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