Falling from a ladder or scaffolding is one of the most common ways to sustain a workplace injury.
If this has happened to you, you are not alone. Ladders caused over 22,000 injuries and 161 fatal work injuries in 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
If you suffer an injury at work, make sure you tell your employer and the doctor that your injury is work-related. This is very important for your workers’ compensation claim.
Common injuries and their impact
The most common injuries that occur as a result of unsafe ladders and scaffolding include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, back, neck, and shoulder injuries, and dislocated joints. All of these result in lost wages and medical bills. Some require long-term care and hospitalization.
Industries where injuries are likely to happen
A workplace that uses ladders or scaffolds should take precautions to protect its workers. Employment sectors that are particularly at risk include construction, home remodeling, roofing, safety officers, firefighters and retail workers.
How a workers’ compensation claim can help you
All employees have a right to a safe work environment. When you visit your doctor, be sure to say that you got injured on the job. Notify your employer as well, in writing. This will allow you to follow the workers’ compensation process rather than paying out-of-pocket or using your own personal insurance.
Knowing your rights can help you avoid paying costly medical bills and hold your employer accountable for maintaining an unsafe workplace.