Ladder injuries on the job

6 Tips to Avoid Ladder Injuries

Sadow & Froy Best Tips, Injuries We Handle

We often see serious work-related injuries when our clients have fallen from ladders.  Many ladder injuries can be prevented if proper safety techniques are followed. 

Ladder injury from fall
Construction worker falling off the ladder inside a building

There are more than 300 ladder-related deaths and over 130,000 emergency room visits related to ladders each year, as well as 2,000 ladder-related injuries every day.


It is important to first consider the task at hand so that you can choose the correct size and style of the ladder.  If you then follow the correct techniques and safety precautions below, this will dramatically reduce your potential for injury:

  1. Inspect ladders before use to ensure they’re in good condition
  2. Ensure the ladder is set on a firm, level base
  3. Maintain a 3-point contact (2 hands and 1 foot; 2 feet and 1 hand) when climbing
  4. Set extension ladders against a wall at a 1:4 ratio (base should be 1 foot from the wall for every 4 feet of height)
  5. Only one person should be on a ladder at a time
  6. Never use metal ladders around electrical lines

For more information on ladder safety and #NationalLadderSafetyMonth (recognized each March), visit the American Ladder Institute website. To help spread the word on ladder safety,

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a ladder fall at work, we have the expertise to help you!  Please call 770-984-8900 or visit our website for a free consultation today.  

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