Regardless of your profession, it’s likely that you rely on a variety of tools to provide your employer with a top-notch performance.

For example, you may spend a good portion of your day climbing up and down a ladder, such as if you work as a painter or roofer. If this sounds familiar, don’t ever lose sight of the fact that it can be dangerous to use a ladder.

Here are some of the most common causes of workplace ladder accidents:

  • Improper placement: For example, if you set your ladder on unlevel and/or soft ground, there’s a greater chance of it tipping as you climb or descend.
  • Traffic: This is as simple as a co-worker bumping into your ladder while you’re using it. Subsequently, you fall to the ground below, thus putting your health and well-being at risk.
  • Heavy loads: You should never carry a heavy load up or down a ladder. Doing so makes it a challenge to balance, and that’s not something you need when you’re high above the ground.
  • Inclement weather: Don’t use a ladder outdoors if the weather takes a turn for the worse, such as a rainstorm or strong wind.

Seek immediate medical treatment if you injure yourself in a workplace ladder accident. Also, report the incident, including the cause of the accident, to your supervisor as soon as you can.

It’s the steps that you take after your accident that will help you protect your health, as well as your legal rights. Both of these things are important to living your best life in the future.