Skip to content


Free Consultation

How often do ladder falls lead to fatal accidents on job sites?

Ladders are used on all kinds of work sites, by everyone from office staff members to construction crews. They are viewed as a common part of work situations. Yet, a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that falls from ladders are also common. The study was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

How many falls involve ladders?

It says that in the last decade, a stunning 43 percent of fatal falls have involved a ladder. Among workers in general, about 20 percent of injuries from falls involved ladders. Among construction workers, specifically, about 81 percent of injuries from falls that required hospital emergency room treatment involved a ladder.

How many ladder fall injuries and fatalities have there been?

There were 113 fatalities from work-related ladder fall injuries, or LFIs, in 2011. The total of nonfatal ladder fall injuries in workplaces that year was an estimated 15,460. According to researchers, these figures show that LFIs are a major type of preventable injuries for workers.

What demographic factors are involved in LFI statistics?

The highest rates of LFIs were among men and Hispanics. Additionally, LFI rates increase with age, with the exception of those treated in hospital emergency rooms. Self-employed workers had higher rates than workers who received salaries or wages.

Which industries have the highest rates of LFIs?

Construction companies had higher rates than any other industry. Mining companies, along with installation, maintenance, and repair companies, also have high rates.

This information shows conclusively that both fatal and nonfatal injuries from ladder falls are a serious danger in workplaces. For that reason, all workers are encouraged to exercise care and caution when working with ladders, and to get proper care and advice if they fall off of a ladder.

Source: EHS Today, “CDC: There’s Nothing ‘Easy’ About Falling Off a Ladder,” Sandy Smith, accessed Aug. 12, 2015


“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”