One of the first steps you can take when considering ladder safety is to understand the proper uses of each type of ladder available to use. Improper ladder use or not understanding the limitations of a ladder are common causes of ladder accidents in the home or at work, so the Chicago ladder defect attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have provided information about the most common types of ladders and their recommended uses in an effort to promote safer ladder use. If you are required to use ladders in the workplace, it is also important never to allow a supervisor or coworker to force you to use any ladder for a purpose it was not intended.
Common Ladder Manufacturers and Types
As ladder defect lawyers, we’ve become quite familiar with most of the major ladder manufacturers, but you may or may not be aware of them yourself. The largest manufacturers include Little Giant Ladder Systems, CMT Industrial, Louisville Ladders, Davidson, Precision Ladders, Cosco Telescoping Ladders, Gorilla Ladders and LB International. Other renowned names include Werner Ladders, Hercules, Rainbow Attic Ladders and Wing. Listed below are some of the common types of ladders used at home and on construction sites.
- Stepstools/stepladders. These ladders are very common for household use and usually fold away for easy storage. They normally consist of three steps and are used primarily to reach access objects that are above the user’s reach. The primary difference between a stepstool and a step ladder is height— stools are less than three feet tall while ladders range from there all the way to twenty feet.
- Attic ladders. These ladders fold down when you pull down the opening to access your attic and many injuries are the result of users falling through the access opening when moving around the attic or attempting to climb back down.
- Fixed ladders. A fixed ladder is nonadjustable and affixed to a building or structure on a construction site or as part of a platform. These ladders can become dangerous if wear, tear and weather cause them to weaken.
- Extension ladders. Most commonly the choice for those who have varied needs, these ladders allow users to adjust the height of the ladder depending on the height desired. Rung locks secure the ladder when it has been extended and defective locks are a common cause of ladder accidents.
- Single ladders. These ladders vary in size from 16 feet in length to 30 feet and are only meant to be used by those with a working knowledge of ladder use and safety. When placing the ladder, it must reach past its support point by at least a foot. To truly secure the ladder, you should tie it off at the top and use a ladder level to make sure it will not tip due to placement on an uneven surface.
- Articulated ladders. When you require the most versatility, these are the ladders you turn to. They can switch from a single ladder to an extension ladder or be used as a trestle, scaffold and stepladder. The ladder is adjusted through the use of articulated joints that lock in place, and give the ladder its name.
- Extension trestle ladders. This type of ladder consists of a trestle ladder base that can be adjusted to the user’s desired height. This ladder is mobile and self-supported.
What to Do When Injured by a Defective Ladder
If you are involved in an accident at home or work and suspect your injuries resulted from a defect in the design or construction of the ladder you were using, preserve the ladder and any other evidence from the scene of the accident and contact our Chicago ladder defect attorneys so that we may investigate the matter to determine whether a ladder defect may have been a contributing factor. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is the leading product liability law firm in Illinois and we have helped hundreds of clients recover compensation equal to the value of their medical costs, lost wages and other incidental expenses linked to their accidents.
Our consultations are risk free and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about your legal options and how we can maximize your recovery. Once we have had the opportunity to evaluate the details of your case, we will be able to advise you on how best to proceed. Our attorneys only collect a fee upon successfully securing compensation in the form of a favorable judgment or out of court settlement and our services are free if we are unable to recover damages on your behalf.