Construction Industry: Falls from Ladders

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Falls happen for a variety of reasons in the workplace. Slippery work surfaces, unstable work platforms, unprotected holes, falls from ladders. In fact, falling from a ladder is one of the most common types of work accidents, especially in the construction industry (where falls happen to be a leading cause of death).

Ladder Falls at Construction Sites

In the construction industry, falls from ladders could be a result of:

  • Lack of supervision or not following ladder safety protocol
  • Unsecured ladders
  • Defective ladders
  • Metal ladders touching electrical wires
  • Accidents originating from defectively placed scaffolding
  • Roofing accidents

Some falls from ladders may be due to defective products or the negligence of another. In these situations, you may have a personal injury claim in addition to or in lieu of workman’s compensation.

  • Someone was negligent in handling the ladder
  • The ladder was defective (i.e., manufacturing, design or warning defect)
  • The ladder was in an unsafe condition

When your fall from a ladder is a result of someone else’s negligence, we recommend you retain the services of a personal injury attorney who can help you determine, and hold responsible, those who might be liable, such as:

  • Ladder manufacturer or distributor
  • Retailer who sold the ladder
  • Construction company
  • Property owner

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Injuries from Ladder Falls

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Construction worker falling off ladder.

Some of the most common injuries in ladder falls include:

  • Foot fractures
  • Broken legs or hips
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Head and facial trauma
  • Electric shock or electrocution
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Concussions
  • Death

Falls are a leading cause of death and cause some of the most serious injuries in the construction industry. When a loved one dies from a ladder fall, surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death claim against the parties responsible. Damages can provide not just for funeral expenses but also for loss of earnings the deceased would have earned.

Work-related accidents are typically covered by Workman’s Compensation; however, falls from ladders due to defective products or the negligence of another typically leads to a personal injury lawsuit.

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Injuries from a ladder fall can affect one’s mobility and ability to live independently, taking months for the injuries to heal.

Having an attorney who is your advocate can offer you peace of mind during your recovery. We have a successful track record of helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve. Call the Kansas City-based law firm of Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation case evaluation.



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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published March 24, 2021. It was reviewed on March 20, 2023 and updated for content and accuracy.

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