When a worker falls from a broken, unstable, or unsafe ladder, serious injuries can occur, including broken bones, neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death.
The most common ladder-related construction accidents involve situations where a worker falls because the ladder they were using was not properly secured and moves unexpectedly, causing them to fall.
Accidents often occur when ladders are not held in position while in use or secured or secured from movement, where ladders are too short and force the worker to stand on a high rung on the ladder where it is less stable, and if ladders are not maintained in good condition.
Ladder Labor Law
New York Labor Law § 240 (1), also known as the “Scaffold Law,” places the responsibility on contractors and owners to ensure that proper safety practices and equipment are provided, including proper and secured ladders. Importantly, it is not the responsibility of the workers.
The central purpose of the Scaffold Law is to protect workers exposed to lifting hazards from falling. New York Labor Law § 241 (6), along with the New York Industrial Code, includes many rules that apply to ladders.
For example, the Industrial Code requires that all ladders be maintained in good condition and prohibits the use of ladders if they are broken or have any defect or flaw that could cause them to fail.
Another provision requires that any ladder used as a regular means of access between floors or different levels in a building or structure be nailed or otherwise secured in place.
If you, or someone you know, was injured after a fall from a defective or inadequately secured ladder while performing construction work, the injured worker may be able to establish a claim to obtain fair compensation for his or her injuries.
If you or someone you know has been injured on a construction site call Gorayeb & Associates at 646-760-5841 for a free consultation.