Requirements for a Ladder
The contractors and owners are required to furnish ladders whenever necessary to give proper protection to an employee on a construction site, under the New York Labor Law section 240(1). If a contractor or owner violates section 240(1), they can be held completely responsible for the injuries of their workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also require ladders anytime there is an elevation of 19 inches or more, and there is no ramp, runway, hoist, or other means of scaling the height. The employers also must make sure to keep the ladders in safe condition, through proper maintenance and inspection. According to OSHA, about three dozen fatalities and 25,000 injuries result from accidents on ladders every year.
Causes of Ladder Falls
Most ladder falls are preventable through proper maintenance, inspection, and by following the rules and regulations. However, every year accidents occur that cause injury to workers at construction sites. The most common reasons for ladder falls are:
- A ladder is placed on a unstable or slippery surface
- Ladder has exceeded weight capacity
- Using a worn or damaged ladder
- Improper use of ladder
- Incorrect placement of ladder
Contact The Law Office of Reuven Epstein Today for Ladder Fall Injuries
If you or someone you love has been in a serious ladder fall injury do not hesitate to contact The Law Office of Reuven Epstein today. We will assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve because of the negligent contractor or owner. So call (845) 208-2444 for professional legal representation that has the experience necessary to help you.