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Ladder Safety Month Draws New Attention to Ladder Designs

In Pennsylvania, falling off ladders at work causes many workers to experience severe workplace injuries. More than 300 individuals die because of accidents related to ladders. Thousands of people incur serious disabilities, including traumatic brain injuries. The National Ladder Safety Month, an annual event sponsored by the nonprofit American Ladder Institute (ALI) advocates using ladders safely. National Ladder Safety Month provides information and classes teaching people how to have safer environments. People who sign up to receive emails from the ALI have access to various topics.

ALI covers information on how to use, inspect and design ladders. ALI also provides details on how to prevent workplace injuries or home-related accidents. Members receive emails and phone numbers of professionals offering complimentary safety training classes for businesses and charities. But safety training classes do not solve the problem. Manufacturers must learn new ways to design ladders. Since ladders today resemble those from a century ago, new designs may make equipment safer for residents and workers. Another issue involves selecting the right ladder for the task.

Designing ladders with fiberglass reduces their weight. Using short ladders when the jobs require taller ladders causes accidents. Never place a stepladder against the wall because a person can have an accident. Training helps people understand proper ways to use ladders and how to choose the right ladders. Another ladder-related injury comes from reaching too far. A far reach causes the ladder to move, which leads to the person toppling onto the ground. Installing wide-base levelers can prevent ladders from moving.

Employees suffering from workplace injuries should file Workers' Compensation claims right away. Whether the accident involves a head injury or a back injury, an experienced lawyer can help workers file claims. A legal claim is different from Workers' Compensation. Contact a lawyer now for a free consultation.

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