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This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for work injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by work injuries.

Texas Workplace Ladder Safety

Saturday, June 25th, 2011
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Many Texas workplace injuries are caused by falling from ladders. In fact, workplace ladder falls are such a serious problem that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has separate requirements for portable wood ladders, portable metal ladders, and fixed ladders.

Perhaps the reason ladders are so problematic is because they can cause injuries in several ways. A poorly constructed ladder can break or fall over, or it could be faulty in some other, more subtle way.

For example, did you know that OSHA has specified a minimum width between side rails for the top of a portable ladder (12 inches for metal, 11-and-a-half for wood) and a maximum distance between steps (12 inches)? OSHA also specifies a 30-foot maximum height for single-section (leaning) ladders and a 60-foot maximum height for two-section (foldout) ladders.

However, even the most well-constructed ladder in the world can be dangerous if it’s not used correctly. The OSHA website has a page of ladder safety tips that can help you avoid this kind of injury. Some of the highlights are:

  • Do not place a ladder on boxes or other unstable surfaces.
  • Do not exceed a ladder’s maximum weight.
  • Do not stand on the top step of a ladder unless a label on the ladder says that you may do so.
  • Check for overhead power lines before using a ladder—especially a metal ladder.
  • Face the ladder when climbing up or down.

Texas workers’ compensation law allows you to receive payments even if your workplace accident was your own fault, as long as it occurred as part of your normal job duties.

– Guest Contributor

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