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Christmas Decorating

Every year during the holiday season, we see more and more ER visits due to ladder-related injuries. People get out their ladders to hang their holiday decorations. Unfortunately, their ladders are either not safe to use or they don’t use the ladder safely, resulting in a ladder-related injury and an ER visit for treatment.

Here are a couple of tips for you hanging Christmas decorations in the coming days and weeks.

You should be inspecting your ladder every single time, but, if you haven’t dug out the ladder for a while, make sure to look it all over to make sure it still works as well as the last time you had it out of storage.

Never lean.

Leaning is probably one of the most common causes of holiday and ladder-related accidents. Always keep your body between the rails. It is tempting to reach past the rails instead of getting off the ladder and moving it, but don’t make this mistake. Prevent a fall by getting off the ladder, moving it and climbing back up to hang the lights or other decorations.

Three Points of Contact

While hanging decorations, find a way to maintain three points of contact. If maintaining three points of contact requires multiple trips to being the decorations up and down the ladder, choose safety over the convenience of fewer trips.

What other tips do you have for those hanging their Christmas and holiday decorations to help them be safer?

Residential Construction Falls

In April, NBC News posted an article about workplace falls in residential construction.

The article shares some shocking data about the number of injuries and falls in this industry.

“The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 887 workers died in falls in 2017 — the most since the agency started tracking job-related fatalities nearly three decades ago,” The article states. “Those deaths from falls accounted for more than 17 percent of all job-related fatalities that year, also a record. In construction, the rate was even higher — almost 40 percent.”

According to experts, the increase in the number of accidents is caused by an increase in inexperienced workers who aren’t getting the safety training they need. Larger companies are participating in training efforts like the National Stand-Down and National Safety Month, but smaller construction companies are not, and this lack of participation is affecting their workers’ safety.

So, what can be done to improve this issue?

  1. If you are a worker at one of these sites, speak up when you see something safe. Smaller companies are obligated to follow all the same safety rules as larger companies.
  2. If you own a smaller company, get your workers the training they need.
  3. Change the culture. When you have a mentality of finishing the job no matter what, workers’ safety is automatically put at risk. Change the culture to focus on being safe, and you will see a reduction in injuries.

The accidents happening in residential construction are serious. Workers, especially young, Hispanic workers are especially at risk, but many, if not all, of these accidents, can be prevented.

The New Trend of Leaning Ladders

One of the top trends I’ve noticed in the last couple of years is the leaning ladder trend. Up until just a couple of years ago, the rule was to never use a stepladder folded up against the wall since it is not designed to be used that way. The rule still applies to ordinary stepladders, which can cause some confusion on the job site when there is a leaning ladder.

Leaning ladders have extra rubber to prevent them from slipping out so they can be used safely in the leaning position. Most ladder companies have a leaning ladder. The King Kombo from Little Giant Is a leaning ladder, in addition to an extension ladder and stepladder. The narrow side on the stepladder can fit through wall studs to help framers work more safely. The rotating top cap accessory allows you to work on inside or outside corners safely. The King Kombo Industrial comes with a v-bar for use on outside corners in the extension position too.

It is truly amazing how much innovation is happening in the ladder industry. Gone are the days when you have an ordinary ladder with the same warning labels.

If you have a leaning ladder on your job site, make sure to use it safely.

It Was an Accident: What to Do after a Workplace Injury

Today, we have an article about workplace accidents from Anita Ginsburg, a freelance writer.

If you’re like most people, the idea of getting injured on the job is scary. In addition to lost wages and possible sky-high medical bills, who wants to deal with the logistics of a work injury?

But understanding how to do an injury report can be daunting. And if you don’t do it correctly, you could be denied worker’s compensation when you need it the most.

File an Accident Report

The first thing any employee should do after being injured on the job is to file an accident report. It’s preferred you report your injury in writing to your supervisor. In fact, several states have made it mandatory for all injury reports to be put in writing. Although verbal notice is allowed in some places, you should always report to any supervisor personnel in writing.

Seek Medical Attention

Upon filing your injury report, you should seek out medical help immediately. Even if you don’t think your injuries warrant medical attention, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Some injuries, such as back injuries and ligament tears, don’t present immediately.

In addition, the laws stated by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) allow you to choose any certified doctor to treat you. However, if you are not a federal employee, then you won’t be covered by the FECA.

File a Workers Compensation Claim

When seeking medical attention, you must tell your healthcare provider if the injury is work-related. You also need copies if the doctor records the information as well. In some cases, both employers and workers’ compensation insurance companies will deny claims when medical records don’t specifically state the injury happened at work. Play it safe and ask for duplicate copies of all medical testing and doctor’s notes.

Contact a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

Navigating the process of a workers’ compensation claim can be stressful. Not to mention, there are insurance adjusters that are trained to make statements that can go against your claim. If you don’t have solid understanding of your rights, it’s best to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer. They will explain your legal rights, complete the necessary paperwork and correspond with your employer and their insurance company to ensure you’re receiving what’s owed to you.

Above all else, never take a work-related injury lightly. If you suffer injury while on the job, take the necessary steps to ensure your legal rights and your health.

DIY Safety

Spring and summer is the time for DIY projects, both outside and inside. With DIY projects, more and more people are using their ladders to get work done. If you are a DIYer, here are a couple of reminders so you can keep getting your work done safely!

  1.  Move your ladder if you need to.  If you find yourself leaning, take two seconds to move your ladder closer to your work.
  2. Get a tall enough ladder. Standing on the top rung or top cap of your ladder makes it easy for the ladder to tip. If your ladder is not tall enough, find one that is.
  3. Find level ground. When working on your ladder, set it up on firm, level ground. If your ground is uneven, use a ladder with a leveler.

Stay safe while working on those projects!

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