While ladders are one of the most basic components of construction activity, these simple devices are not invulnerable to defects or misuse. Ladder accidents are not uncommon – a ladder that has broken rungs, uneven feet, cracks in the rails or rungs, a warped or rotted frame, or any additional factor that compromises its structural integrity, is a defective ladder and construction accident lawyers warn against working with any company that does not maintain their equipment properly.
But a ladder can also be rendered dangerous if it is misused. For instance, if a worker is directed by his or her employer to climb a ladder with an unreasonable amount of weight, or to use one on a soft, slippery or uneven surface, or to use a metal ladder near an open electrical power source, the chances of a serious injury are multiplied considerably. In cases involving a defective ladder, lawyers at Levy Konigsberg LLP often find that the proper precautions and maintenance were not taken by the employer to secure the ladder.
When an organization does not take adequate safety precautions to ensure the well-being of its workers, it may be charged with negligence and responsibility for the construction accident injury if an employee comes to harm. Furthermore, a lawsuit may be filed against people or firms other than an employer if they too contributed to the accident because they failed to maintain a safe working environment. For example, responsible parties may include: contractors, sub-contractors, equipment manufacturers, tool manufacturers, landlords, and materials suppliers.