Do not go up on this type of ladder without someone holding it.
Ladder accidents are a frequent consequence of working at construction
and industrial sites in Florida, especially in Miami-Dade, Broward, and
Palm Beach Counties, where there seem to be construction projects going
on non-stop, day and night. According to a study by the National Institutes
of Health, the majority of ladder-related injuries are fractures and injuries
to the legs and feet. However, other more serious injuries such as brain
damage and paralysis may occur as well.
In many instances, persons involved in ladder accidents sustain serious
injuries requiring hospitalization. The same NIH study mentioned above
reports that more than two million ladder injuries occurred over a span
of 16 years (from 1990 to 2005) resulting in emergency room visits. In
some cases, falls from ladders have even resulted in death. If you or
a loved one have been injured in a ladder accident, contact our Coral
Springs ladder accident attorneys for a free consultation. We take on
cases all throughout Florida, and we can handle your case review and evaluation
over the phone or via e-mail or video chat, so you do not have to worry
about leaving your home to communicate with us about your situation.
Preventing Workplace Ladder Accidents Through Training Employees
In order to prevent and/or reduce ladder accidents, the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) has produced a series of ladder regulations
that must be maintained by all employers requiring the use of a ladder.
Among the requirements, covered construction employers are obligated to
provide training for any worker that uses a ladder. According to OSHA
standard 1926.1060, the training requires that the employee be trained
by a competent person about:
The nature of fall hazards in the work area
The correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, and disassembling the
fall protection systems
The proper construction, use, placement, and care in handling of all ladders
The maximum intended load-carrying capacities of ladders
Regrettably, not every or employer whose employees regularly use ladders
follows through with upholding important ladder safety standards. The
result is that poor use of a ladder may result in an otherwise preventable
injury or death.
Ladder Manufacturers May be Liable For Defective Ladder Designs
In addition to employers who fail to maintain adequate safety standards,
another potential risk of using ladders is actually caused by the ladder
manufacturers themselves. A defective design of a ladder can just as easily
cause serious injury or death as can misuse of a perfectly functional
ladder. In cases where there is a flaw in the ladder design, the manufacturer
could potentially be liable for injuries that are caused by the design
defect of the ladder. This type of case is what is oftentimes referred
to as a products liability lawsuit. In these cases, the manufacturing
company may be held liable for failing to produce a safe product, including
ladders, that they introduce into the marketplace.
Keller Industries Inc. is one example of a company that has been sued a
number of times for manufacturing allegedly defective ladders. But one
important thing to keep in mind in ladder injury cases is that in Florida,
if the product is more than 12 years old from the date of delivery to
its first purchaser, you could potentially be barred from suing the manufacturer
of a defective ladder by a rule called the statute of repose. It’s
important to contact knowledgeable legal counsel to discuss complicated
issues like the statute of repose if you were injured due to a fall from a ladder.
In addition to construction and industrial workplace ladder accidents,
numerous ladder accidents happen in non-occupational settings, as well,
such as at a person’s home. Many times, these accidents are the
result of defectively designed ladders which cause a person to fall from
the ladder and suffer serious injury. If you have any questions about
a Florida ladder accident that left you or a loved one injured, contact
the Coral Springs ladder accident attorneys in our office for a free consultation
to discuss your legal options.
Tips on Avoiding Ladder Injuries
When purchasing a ladder, always consult a reliable rating organization
such as Consumer Reports to see which are the safest ladders. Also, check
online to make sure that the ladder you are thinking about purchasing
wasn’t recalled by the manufacturer.
Additionally, people using ladders should always take precautionary measures
to avoid ladder accidents. The following is a list of preventive measures
provided by OSHA to reduce the risk of falling from a ladder:
Maintain three points of contact
Place the ladder on level footing
Always face the ladder
Secure the ladder by locking the metal braces at the center of the ladder
Don't ‘walk’ the ladder
Experienced Ladder Accident Lawyers in South Florida
If you or somebody you know was the victim of a ladder accident, you may
be entitled to file a claim if we can determine that another person or
company was liable for your injuries. As ladder accident lawyers in Coral
Springs, we are dedicated to providing you with our best legal advice
pertaining to your accident that occurred in any part of Florida. Our
personal injury firm has 40 years of experience handling ladder accident cases.
Every personal injury case is unique and ladder cases are no exception.
A good example is the case of one of our former clients, Mr. Ortiz, who
was called for a job to pressure clean the roof of a private residence.
When he arrived, he noticed he had forgotten his ladder. The owner of
the residence offered to lend Ortiz his ladder and Ortiz accepted. Ortiz
used the ladder to work climb onto the roof of the residence; however,
on his way down from the roof he fell and suffered serious injuries. After
the incident, Ortiz contacted our firm to represent him for the injuries
he sustained. Upon investigation, we determined that the ladder Mr. Ortiz
used was defective, and that the property owner was negligent in providing
Mr. Ortiz with unsafe equipment to use. The defendant homeowner tried
to avoid liability on the grounds that he was not aware of the defective
condition of the ladder, but we explained that the owner should have known
the ladder was defective merely by looking at it (multiple parts of the
ladder were clearly not functioning properly). The court agreed with us
and found the defendant homeowner could be deemed to be negligent for
allowing our client to borrow the ladder. Our client ultimately received
a substantial settlement for the injuries he sustained from the accident
due to the homeowner’s negligence.
Contact our office now at
(954) 833-1440for a free consultation. Our ladder accident lawyers in Coral Springs are
ready to assist you or your loved one involved in a ladder accident that
occurred anywhere in Florida.