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Staying safe on a stepladder

| Apr 13, 2017 | Workers' Compensation |

Kentucky residents may use stepladders for everything from changing a lightbulb to stringing lights in the office for the holidays. However, it is important to use them properly to reduce the risk of injury. One easy way to stay safe is to check the rating on a ladder before using it. This helps to ensure that it can handle an individual’s weight in addition to any tools needed to do a job.

Any ladder that one uses should be free of slippery substances, such as oil or grease. It should also be three feet shorter than the highest point that an individual needs to reach as this provides a better base to stand on. It is never a good idea to use a ladder that is crooked or has loose or corroded parts. Furthermore, it should never be placed on a surface that isn’t level.

Anyone who is standing on a ladder should not attempt to move it as this could increase the risk of injury. It is also never a good idea to sit on the top of the ladder or attempt to climb down the back of it. Finally, it is a safety hazard to have more than one person on any part of the ladder at any time.

Those who suffer a workplace injury from a ladder may be entitled to workers’s compensation benefits. These benefits may help an injured worker pay medical bills or make up some of his or her lost wages. In some cases, benefits are extended on a permanent basis for those who suffer especially serious injuries. An attorney may be able to help anyone who has had his or her claim denied. Legal counsel may also be helpful for those who have questions about their workers’ compensation claim.