There are countless ways that construction workers can get injured on a job site when site management or third-party contractors fail to pay sufficient attention to safety procedures. The number one source of fatal injuries on worksites, however, is falls. Ladders are often the way that workers are at a dangerous height that can lead to a fall; in fact, ladders are a required piece of equipment on any job site, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. If you’ve been hurt on the job in Mississippi by a ladder fall, contact experienced workplace injury attorney Corban Gunn for a consultation on your claims.
Ladder use is subject to careful regulation
Due to the great potential for harm when using ladders, their use is covered by a number of OSHA rules, but these rules aren’t always followed by site managers or independent contractors. Some of the most common reasons for ladder falls are brought about by negligence of those supplying the ladders, such as tool rental companies, or by an inattention to conditions on the site where the ladder is being used.
Common reasons for ladder falls or failure include:
- Provision of an old or damaged ladder which breaks when used appropriately
- A ladder slipping or collapsing due to placement on an uneven or unstable surface
- Use of a ladder on a greasy surface
- Failure to provide appropriate safety equipment for tall ladder use, such as harnesses or cages
- Overloading ladders beyond their indicated weight
Depending on the reason the ladder fall occurred, you may have remedies beyond workers’ compensation to receive money damages for your lost work, high medical costs, and pain and suffering. If your injuries were due to the negligence of the manufacturer of the ladder, or caused by a negligent third-party operating on your job site, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit for your damages.
Injuries from ladder falls are often serious
Ladder falls can result in life-altering injuries, permanently affecting your ability to earn money for your family. Injuries from ladder falls can include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions
- Bruises and lacerations
- Broken neck or spinal damage resulting in paralysis
Help is Available for Biloxi and Gulfport Ladder Fall Accidents
If you’ve been injured on the job by a ladder fall, speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to ensure that you’re able to pursue claims for damages before any time limitations expire. Construction accident lawyer Corban Gunn is experienced in pursuing claims for workers’ injuries, and knows how to get you the relief you deserve after you’re hurt on the job. Call us for a free consultation after your workplace injury to learn about your rights. From Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, or anywhere in the Mississippi Gulf area, call 228.284.6805.