Are you following these ladder safety tips on the job?

When using a ladder at work, it's critical that your safety takes top priority. Even though you have a task to complete, you don't want to make any mistakes that will put your health and well-being at risk.

There are many safety tips you can follow to avoid trouble when using a ladder. Here are five that will enhance your safety and put your mind at ease:

  • Inspect your ladder before use: Defects and damage can result in an accident, so inspect your ladder before taking the first step. From missing rivets and bolts to rust, you never know what you'll find.
  • Don't place your ladder close to traffic: If your ladder is too close to pedestrian and/or vehicular traffic, there's a greater chance of someone or something knocking into it.
  • Place your ladder on level ground: It may take some searching around to find level ground, but it's critical to your safety. Also, make sure the ground is firm enough to hold your ladder in place while in use.
  • Don't carry heavy loads: Carrying a heavy load when ascending or descending increases the likelihood of falling. If you begin to lean, the weight of the load can pull you off the ladder.
  • Maintain three points of contact: Keep both hands and one foot or both feet and one hand on the ladder at all times. This will help you maintain control of your body, while also preventing a fall.

As you gain more experience using ladders on the job, you may find yourself taking more risks. Don't let a high level of comfort result in an accident.

If you're injured in a workplace ladder accident, call for immediate help, administer first aid and let your employer know what happened.

Once you receive treatment at a local hospital, you'll have a clear understanding of the recovery process and what to expect in the days, weeks and months to come. This should also give you a clear idea of whether you can immediately return to work.

If your doctor suggests time away from your job, file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Visit our website for more information on the workers' compensation system, your legal rights in Tennessee and what to do if you receive a denial letter.

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