Many workers in the construction industry use ladders as part of their daily work. Ladders can be very dangerous when they are not installed or used correctly, and this is why it is vital that workers are trained in how to inspect and operate ladders for maximum safety.
Unfortunately, many workers become injured while using ladders in New York each year, and across the country thousands suffer disabling injuries. If you have been injured as a result of working on a ladder, it is important that you understand how to take action to claim the compensation that you deserve.
How should workers be properly trained on using ladders?
It is vital that workers are properly trained on how to use ladders. They should be taught how to select a ladder based on their weight rating. Industrial ladders should be used in the workplace at all times, as these can carry heavier loads. One common cause of ladder falls in the workplace is the incorrect use of ladders given the weight load being placed on it.
The material of the ladder is also key when it comes to workplace safety. Fiberglass ladders, as opposed to aluminum ladders, should always be used in the workplace to avoid conduction when working with electricity.
How can I gain compensation for my ladder injury?
As a worker in New York, it is likely that you will be eligible to make a workers’ compensation claim. In order to successfully claim workers’ compensation, make sure that you notify your employer of your accident as soon as possible after the incident.
They will have the responsibility to provide you with the application forms so that you can make a workers’ compensation claim. It is likely that you will be able to gain compensation for all of the medical expenses that you needed to pay as a result of your injury, and that you will be able to claim back a portion of your lost wages.
If you have suffered a ladder injury at work, it is important that you stand up for your right to compensation. You should take the time to understand your rights regarding long-term disability benefits, too.