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Ladders, scaffolding present fall risks on construction sites

Many individuals face serious work-related hazards every day. Some individuals may not even consider the possible hazards simply due to the commonplace nature of the tools they use and duties they carry out while on the job. However, allowing this mindset to take hold could be dangerous because if you do not remain aware of injury risks, you could find yourself involved in a serious accident.

Falls are a common incident that could result in your suffering serious injuries. In particular, if you have to work high off the ground as part of a construction crew, you may face this risk more than individuals in other occupations may. Because of this hazard, you may wish to pay close attention to the tools you use to reach those heights.

Ladders

Ladders are a common tool used on many construction sites. Even relatively small projects may require you to use a ladder to get high enough off the ground to reach a particular area. Though it may not seem like a hazard to climb on a ladder, you may wish to remember that a fall from this tool could lead to injuries.

In hopes of preventing an accident, you may want to take precautions when using ladders on the job. First, you should ensure that the ladder you are using is right for the task. If you attempt to use a ladder that does not quite reach the correct height, you could risk getting off balance as you stretch toward the area.

Additionally, you should also make sure that your ladder is secure. If you set the ladder up on uneven ground or if the tool has defects or damage, it may not have the stability you need to remain safe.

Scaffolding

Another tool often used on bigger construction jobs is scaffolding. Construction crews typically erect their own scaffolding in order to meet the needs of the job. When doing so, it is important to ensure that the scaffolding has been properly assembled, meets structural integrity needs and goes under periodic inspection.

Suffering injuries

Because a fall could take place under a variety of circumstances, you could still potentially end up injured on the job due to such an event. If so, you could need time away from work and have medical bills to attend to due to your injuries. Luckily, workers' compensation benefits may be able to provide you with financial assistance during this time.

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