Causes of ladder fall accidents and prevention tips

One of the most commonly used equipment by construction workers are ladders, which puts construction workers at risk for ladder fall accidents. This can result in serious injury or even death. Accidents can be prevented by adhering to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards. OSHA 2013 data indicates that falls were the most common type of fatal accident among construction workers, with an estimated 294 falls out of 796 fatalities. The statistics also show that there are700 occupational deaths annually and over 90,000 people receive emergency room treatment due to ladder-related injuries each year. The amount of ladder accidents has increased by 50% in the last 10 years.

Causes of ladder falls

Causes of ladder fall accidents can be classified into three broad categories: Use of the wrong ladder, use of a ladder in poor condition, and improper use of a ladder.

  • Use of the wrong ladder: There are different types of ladders for different types of work. All ladders are designed to support a maximum weight limit. The ladder could break if a worker exceeds the weight limit, causing the construction worker to fall.
  • Use of a ladder in poor condition: Another reason ladder accidents occur is from the use of a ladder in a poor condition. Ladders have a shelf life and when it is damaged or worn out, it can be very dangerous to use. They can easily break, causing serious injuries or even death.
  • Improper use of a ladder Improper use is another cause of ladder fall accidents. Using the ladder in any other way than what the manufacturer intended it to be used for can cause serious accidents.

Fall prevention safety tips

The following are some important prevention tips:

  • Keep one hand on a side rail at all times.
  • Keep your body centered on the ladder. A good rule of thumb is to keep your belt buckle between the rails.
  • Keep your body straight and as close to the ladder as possible.
  • Move carefully and slowly when working on a ladder.
  • Don’t lean too far in either direction. Overreaching is a major cause of ladder accidents.
  • Don’t reach too far overhead either. Use a taller ladder to reach higher, if necessary.
  • Don’t try to reposition the ladder while you’re standing on it. Get down and move it.

Contact our Rockland Construction Accident Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been in a serious ladder fall injury do not hesitate to contact Rockland Injury Lawyers today. We offer aggressive legal representation for those injured in ladder fall accidents. Call 845-709-8005 / 800-940-1799 for a no-obligation, free consultation with our lawyers. You can also email us at

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