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Ladders Cause Deadly Falls

June 17th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

ladder safety, CDC, construction accident, lawyer, ladder fall, attorney, workers compensationAs summer approaches, construction and repair workers can be found in increasing numbers across Illinois perched on ladders to complete their work. New research from the Centers for Disease Control says that a ladder fall on the job can cause injury or death, and they may make up a significant portion of preventable workers’ compensation claims.

Ladder Falls can be Deadly

According to their data analysis, which was recently published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, nearly half of all falls that have resulted in death in the last ten years involved a ladder. Ladders are a critical source of unintended injuries on worksites, especially in the construction industry.

Although ladders are risky for use in the home, professionals can find themselves the victims of critical on-the-job injuries involving ladders. More than 80 percent of emergency hospital visits for fall incidents in the workplace were linked to ladder usage.

OSHA places certain regulations on any employer whose employees perform work at heights, although in an accident, the height of the ladder is not the most important factor. According to the CDC research, more than 45 percent of all ladder fatalities happened when the fall was between six and fifteen feet.

Ladder falls were most common in extraction and construction industries, and the smallest companies had the highest rates of ladder injuries. It is up to employers whose employees work on scaffolding or ladders to educate their employees on safety and proper use of equipment, as well as to inspect the equipment and ensure that it is up to regulations.

Preventing Ladder Accidents

Employers can do a lot to prevent the prevalence of injuries in the workplace by properly educating all workers about ladder safety. Many people underestimate the impact of a ladder fall from a shorter height, but safety precautions and education can help to improve workplace safety and reduce devastating injuries or deaths.

Both portable and extension ladders pose different safety hazards to employees. A new app from the CDC is meant to increase ladder safety for anyone with a smartphone who is using an extension ladder. The free app allows  the user to ensure the ladder is set at the correct angle to safely be used, and provides ladder safety tips to the user.

Contacting an Attorney

In some cases, if you have sustained an injury from a ladder fall at work, you may be eligible for compensation. If your loved one has been killed, your family may be eligible for compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney who can explain your rights today.

Disneyland Closes Rides after OSHA Violations Received

May 14th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Kerry 5-22The Los Angeles Times has reported that Disneyland Resort, in California, has shut down some of its rides, including Space Mountain, over safety concerns and citations from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) for violations. A spokesperson for the company said the issuing of citations have prompted a review of employee safety protocols. Also closed were two other rides, the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Soarin’ Over California.

The Disneyland spokesperson also said the closures were strictly voluntary and the purpose was to ensure the safety of employees. “We constantly strive to maintain a safe work environment for our cast members and contractors — and we are reviewing certain protocols.”

The violations were from an incident that happened in November 2012 when an employee of a contractor was seriously injured while performing maintenance on the exterior of the Space Mountain ride. During the investigation into the accident, Cal/OSHA discovered that Disneyland had completed ‘Fall Protection Assessment Reports’ in August of 2006 and failed to adequately correct these known fall hazards that existed on the exterior of Space Mountain. The investigation also revealed that the company failed to have approved anchorages or approved tie-backs for contract employees to attach to when performing scheduled exterior building maintenance.

It’s unsettling that Disneyland closed these rides down not after the accident in November, but only after receiving violations. If you have been injured on the job, contact an experienced Chicago worker’s compensation attorney to make sure your rights are protected.

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