Portable ladders are perhaps one of the most common tools found on North Carolina construction sites. Yet, ladder falls remain a common source of injuries throughout the country. OSHA has set out specific rules regarding ladder use to make sure you are staying safe.
First, make sure you are using the right ladder for the job. If you will be carrying tools, paint, etc. with you, the ladder should be rated to support the weight. Free-standing ladders are not designed to be used leaning against a wall or roof; only use a straight ladder for that purpose.
Next, make sure the ladder itself is safe to use. If there is a slippery substance on a rung, clean it before use. Never use a ladder with a broken rung, latch or any other element. When you are setting up the ladder, be sure it is on a stable surface, or secure it from both the top and the bottom so it will not fall over. For a straight ladder, make sure at least three feet of it are above whatever support it is resting on.
Your safety when you are working on the ladder is top priority. Never work around electrical hazards, even if the ladder is not metal. You should have either two hands and a foot or two feet and a hand on the ladder at all times. The top rung is highly dangerous; only stand on it if the platform is specifically approved for that use.
For the most part, ladder safety is simple common sense. If you have been injured from a construction site accident due to the actions of a third party, an attorney may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.