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Observe ladder safety to avoid work-related injuries

Mississippi residents who work in construction may spend at least some of their time on a job site on a ladder. While they are useful tools, they also present the risk of falling. Failing to observe proper ladder safety could result in work-related injuries that prevent being able to work for an appreciable amount of time.

Obviously, workers could use any number of ladders. However, it is crucial to choose the right one for the job being done. A ladder that is too short or too tall could create the need to contort in unnatural positions that affect a worker’s balance. Even a fall from a short ladder could cause injuries that require medical attention and a significant amount of time off work.

Workers should not only use the right ladder for the job, but also make sure it is in good working order. Check to make sure it is not damaged in some way. Rust, corrosion, cracks and other problems with the ladder may mean it will not support a worker, especially if he or she shifts weight on the ladder frequently, which could further weaken it.

Every part of the ladder needs to be checked right down to the nails holding it together before each use. If the ladder is painted, it could hide defects, so a different one should be used if possible. It also needs to be checked to make sure it is free of any slippery substances such as oil that could compromise a worker’s footing. The ladder also needs to be set up properly to make sure it remains sturdy while in use.

Workers are responsible for checking the equipment they use on a job site, but employers are responsible for making sure that they have the right equipment that is in good condition and not in need of repair. Even so, a worker could suffer work-related injuries while using a ladder. If that happens, it may be possible to obtain benefits through the Mississippi workers’ compensation system.

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