Atlanta Ladder Accident Lawyers
Every year, more than 300 construction workers in the U.S. are killed and more than 10,000 are seriously injured in falls from heights, as reported by the CDC. In a recent year, falls from ladders accounted for 104 worker deaths. More than half (57%) of deaths from ladders occur in the construction industry. Most ladder fall accidents are preventable. If you have suffered severe injuries or lost a loved one in a ladder accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have a claim for compensation.
Different types of ladders are used on Atlanta jobsites, including extension, step, platform, dual-purpose, and single-pole ladders. Serious accidents involving ladders can happen on a jobsite in any number of ways. Ladder accidents may involve:
- Falls from ladders
- Objects falling and striking a worker on a ladder
- Electrocution when a ladder contacts a power line
- Unsafely positioned ladders
- Slippery, cluttered, or unstable working surfaces
- Ladders that collapse because of faulty design or assembly
- Broken ladders
- Holes in floors or openings in walls
- Lack of fall protection
- Inadequate training on how to set up or use a ladder
- Exceeding the maximum weight load of a ladder
- Using the wrong ladder for the job
Ladder accidents can cause severe, catastrophic, or fatal injuries. Depending on the type of ladder accident, workers may suffer:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Fractured bones
- Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
- Strains, sprains, and soft tissue injuries
- Electrocution or electrical burns
Standards for safe ladder design have been issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These ladder safety standards are intended to help prevent serious ladder accidents. Precautions they cover include:
- Proper spacing of ladder rungs
- Minimum clear distance between the sides
- Providing non-skid ladder feet
- Shaping of step ladder rungs to prevent workers’ feet from sliding off
- Including spreader bars or locks on all stepladders
- Texturizing or coating rungs to help prevent slipping
- Treating ladder materials to help prevent corrosion
- Eliminating sharp edges
- Providing warning labels with basic instructions, including maximum safe height
- Testing ladders to ensure they will not fail at up to four times the intended working load
If you were injured in an on-the-job ladder accident, you should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may also be eligible to file a personal injury claim for compensation. For example, if a defective ladder caused your accident and injuries, you may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. If a subcontractor or any third party (other than your employer) was responsible for your accident, you may have a claim against that party. It is in your best interests to speak with an Atlanta construction accident lawyer to find out about your options under the law.
Grant Law Office was founded in 2006. Wayne Grant has been practicing since 1979 and Kimberly Grant has been practicing since 1993. Our husband and wife teams believe in aggressively protecting our clients’ rights to significant compensation for personal, emotional, and financial damages caused by the negligence of others. We have been named among the 10 Best Law Firms in Georgia by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. If you have been seriously injured in a work-related ladder accident, call us at (404) 995-3955 to schedule a free consultation with no time limit.
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