Ladders can be dangerous in any environment. One wrong move and you could find yourself flat on your back and looking up. While an accident involving a ladder can occur anywhere, The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) statistics tell a tale that should worry everyone in the workplace who uses ladders.
Workplace Ladder Accidents
According to OSHA, more than 100 people lose their lives annually from falls from ladders. OSHA is responsible for setting guidelines for safety standards in the workplace and they have a range of requirements for ladders including step height and width.
Like any piece of equipment which is weight bearing, ladders will also have a maximum weight capacity which must be followed. Any variation from basic safety standards, including using the top step of a ladder, placing a ladder in an unstable area, or setting up a ladder at an improper angle can result in serious injuries.
Employers have an obligation to ensure the safety of their workforce not only by making sure that ladders are well-maintained, but also to make sure that each worker has received proper training on ladder safety. Ladders used in the workplace must also meet minimum OSHA standards.
When Employers Fail Their Employees
Unfortunately, employers often fail to protect their employees when it comes to ladder safety. When you have been involved a workplace accident because a fall from a ladder resulted in an injury, you can hold your employer accountable.
Since Texas does not have a mandatory requirement that an employer have Workers’ Compensation coverage, thousands of workers are in jeopardy of not having a safety net if they are injured in the workplace. You should not have to bear the cost of your injury, your employer, who had an obligation to ensure your safety, can and should be held financially accountable.
Holding an Employer Accountable for a Workplace Ladder Injury
In Texas, workers’ compensation law allows an injured worker to receive compensation even if the accident was partially their fault. The only thing you need to prove is that the accident occurred in your workplace, that your employer was partially at fault, and that your accident occurred in the course of your usual workplace duties.
We may be able to help you get compensated for:
- Wages lost during the recovery period
- Medical bills incurred because of the injury
- Pain, suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish
- Future physical impairment
Let us help you avoid suffering the financial challenges associated with losing time from work because of a ladder safety issue which your employer is responsible for.
Contact a Workplace Accident Attorney Today
If you have suffered an injury in a workplace ladder accident, contact Warren Armstrong at Armstrong Law by calling 214-932-1288 to schedule a free case evaluation. You can also use our easy online contact form. After we evaluate your case, you will have a better idea of your legal options and can make an informed decision about filing a claim against your employer.