A stepladder can be an effective tool for New Jersey workers who need help reaching something that is several feet off of the ground. However, it is important that they use stepladders properly to ensure that they don't get hurt doing so. For instance, the ladder should be rated to handle the weight of anyone who uses it as well as any tools used to complete a project.
It is also imperative that only one person stand on the ladder at one time. No one should attempt to sit or climb on the top of the ladder or attempt to climb or stand on the back of it. Once someone is on a stepladder, he or she should climb off before attempting to move it. It should never be placed on a wet or slippery surface or any surface that is uneven.
A stepladder should be roughly three feet shorter than the highest point that the worker needs to reach. This provides extra stability and support. Furthermore, it is important to make sure that the ladder has been fully spread and locked to ensure that it doesn't slip or move while in use. Finally, the ladder should be checked for loose or corroded rivets or other defective parts.
Those who are injured at work may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. An attorney may be able to help them learn more about their rights as well as how to pursue a claim for lost wages and medical bills. If a claim is denied, the attorney can provide advocacy at an appeals hearing.