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Dallas Work Accident Attorney – Falls, Slips, and Trips, Such as from Ladders, are Leading Causes of Fatal Workplace InjuriesThursday, September 7th, 2017
Information about fatal workplace accidents is tracked with the United States Department of Labor and other agencies. The 2015 information on Texas fatal occupational injuries from the Texas Department of Insurance shows that transportation incidents were the most deadly, with 238 fatal incidents. The second most common type of fatal on-the-job accident was falls, slips, and trips, at a total of 86. The total number of fatal injuries caused by falls in the United States, all sectors included, was 4,836. Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace environment, which includes providing appropriate equipment and safety measures to protect workers from dangerous, potentially deadly falls.
With regard to the Texas falls resulting in death, 79 involved falls to a lower level. Thirty-eight of those incidents were from structures and surfaces, including scaffolds and roofs. Sixteen were from equipment, instruments, and tools, such as ladders. An industrial or construction site is where 38 of the falls occurred and 25 happened at a residential construction site or private residence.
In the U.S. in 2015, there were more than 150 ladder-related fatal workplace falls. Ladders have ranked in the top ten of the most cited violations for two years, in the annual list shared by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The following are some ladder safety tips that can help prevent ladder-related workplace injuries and fatalities:
- Ladders must be self-supporting and capable of holding four times the weight of the intended load.
- Each ladder rung must be capable of supporting 250 pounds and should be rubberized, ribbed, or dimpled, to reduce the possibility of slipping.
- Ladders must be placed on stable, level surfaces or secured to prevent movement.
- Rungs must be spaced between 10” and 14” apart.
- If a ladder is in a high-traffic area or in a doorway, barriers should be set up to prevent people from knocking into the ladders.