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Ladders are one of the most common tools at use on construction sites all across New York, and most workers have used them so often that it feels like second nature. They hardly think about it.

Even so, or perhaps because of this mentality, ladders are very dangerous. For instance, in 2015, the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that over 20,000 people suffered injuries when falling off of ladders at work. On top of that, there were more than 150 deadly accidents.

Clearly, ladders pose a serious risk. Even jobs that feel simple and easy can go very wrong in a split second.

When you look at the Top 10 list that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration puts out, looking specifically at safety violations, ladders often make the list. For two years in a two, they ranked seventh overall.

A safety violation could be your employer giving you a defective ladder and assuring you that it is safe when they know you're at risk. Watch out for ladders that are older, that have visible damage or that were involved in previous accidents.

To break the statistics down a bit further, you can look at it this way: Every day, 50 workers are involved in ladder accidents and suffer injuries. That does not even take into account non-injury accidents. Every week, ladder accidents take roughly three lives.

Have you been involved in an accident at work that left you with serious injuries? If so, you absolutely need to know what rights you have to seek out financial compensation.

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