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To keep their workers safe, Nationwide recommends construction companies regularly inspect their equipment, and repair and replace as needed. (Photo: iStock)

In addition, companies should develop written policies and plans to reduce the use of ladders and make other safe options readily available. Workers should be properly trained to use and inspect mobile scaffolding and lifts. (Photo: Bigstock)

To keep themselves safe on the job, experts encourage employees who often work on elevated surfaces and ladders to start a conversation with their managers on implementing best safety practices. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Nationwide researchers strongly advise against the use of ladders, and suggest instead companies use mobile scaffolds, scissor lifts or other elevated work platforms that are equipped with guardrails and additional protective gear. (Photo: John Disney)

Other options to replace ladders: rope, pulleys, block and tackle or other appropriate material-handling aids to lift materials onto elevated surfaces. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Over the past five years, Nationwide has processed more than 10,000 workers’ compensation claims. Their researchers decided to take a closer look at the numbers to try to understand how and why these accidents occur.

Danielle Ling

As the Associate Editor of Online Features & Multimedia for PC360, Danielle Ling writes and edits feature articles for both online and print publications. Danielle heads PC360's video department, producing news packages and animated videos for the site. A University of Maryland and Philip Merrill College of Journalism alum, prior to this role, Danielle served as a video journalist for Verizon FiOS 1 News NJ on the show "Push Pause." Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn or email her at dling@alm.com

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