Each year, hundreds of people in Maine and thousands around the country are killed or injured while working on ladders. While many of these incidents occur on job sites, such as in the construction and roofing trades, the majority of ladder injuries actually happen to people at their homes.
Although operator error is sometimes to blame, injuries and death can also be caused by defective ladders, faulty assembly at the factory or a retail store, or lack of proper instructions and warning labels.
Ladder-related injuries on job sites often happen when employees are improperly trained or not trained at all on how to safely use ladders, scaffolding, and related equipment. In those cases, employers can be held liable.