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Potential risk factors for ladder falls 

On Behalf of | Jul 14, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Many workers are injured when they fall from ladders. These events can be very sudden and unpredictable, and they can lead to severe injuries and disabilities. Someone who strikes their head could suffer a traumatic brain injury, and many falls are even fatal. In fact, when you look at the “fatal four” in the construction industry, falls are the top cause of deadly accidents.

As a result, it’s important to focus on reducing the frequency of these falls. Workers should identify risk factors so that they know when they may be in the greatest danger.

When not to climb a ladder

Below are a few of the most common risk factors for a fall, and workers should not climb a ladder if they are experiencing:

  • Excessive fatigue 
  • Weak muscles in the legs 
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness 
  • Issues with poor balance 
  • Cognitive issues, such as memory loss or confusion
  • Problems with hearing or vision 
  • Issues with blackouts, fainting and things of this nature 
  • Pain from foot or leg injuries

Additionally, it’s important for workers to consider what they are consuming and how that can impact their mental state. This doesn’t just mean not climbing ladders after using alcohol or illegal drugs, although that is important. But workers also need to consider what medications they may be taking and if these can lead to potentially dangerous side effects, such as dizziness or fatigue.

That being said, even when workers are focused on safety, accidents are still going to happen on the job. Those who suffer injuries need to know how to seek proper workers’ comp.