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3 common causes of ladder falls

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2024 | Workplace Accidents

Ladders are a feature in workplaces across the country. However, they are more likely to be used on construction sites, warehouses and by anyone involved in manual work such as joinery and plumbing.

Ladders provide access to areas that would otherwise be difficult to reach. Unfortunately, ladder falls in the workplace do happen, and they can cause serious injuries. What are some of the most common causes of ladder falls?

1. Overreaching

Ladder placement is very important. Workers should place the ladder as close to the work area as possible to avoid overreaching. This is the case even if the worker needs to climb down from the ladder and move it before heading up again.

Overreaching can cause a worker to lose balance when at a height, potentially resulting in a nasty fall.

2. Failing to maintain 3 points of contact

Another common cause of ladder falls is when a worker does not maintain three points of contact. A worker should always have at least two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand on the ladder at any moment. Failure to do this increases the likelihood of an accident.

3. The ground surface

Ladder stability begins from the floor. Unless the feet of the ladder can be adjusted for balance, ladders should only be placed on level surfaces. A ladder on an uneven surface can slip while a worker is at a height, resulting in them losing their balance and falling.

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