In the construction industry, working at great heights is extremely common. Whether you are standing on scaffolding, a building of any height, or even a ladder; the dangers are ever present. Those who work in this field are in need of detailed training in order to prevent accidents from happening, and it is the responsibility of the employers to ensure that this preparation takes place. Due to the risks of heights, there are many necessities required so that an employee is safe. Falling accidents are considered to be among the "fatal four" injuries that are caused by construction accidents as stated by the Occupational Safety & Heath Administration (OSHA). Those who are fortunate to survive these falls are often victims of severe and life-altering injuries. While your job may be dangerous, you do not deserve to be injured while working; this is why so many regulations are enacted to protect employees. In the event that you have suffered from an injury while on the job after falling from a height, contact a trusted San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney at our firm today.
According to studies by OSHA, there was an average of 360 fatal falls annually during the years of 1995 to 1999. Sadly, as there is more and more of a demand for construction, that number has increased. In 2007, there were a total of 835 fatal falling accidents in America, half of which were construction accident related. What is even more shocking is that an estimated 15% of all workplace fatalities are related to falling incidents. These accidents are often caused by:
Falling from a scaffold can be a terrifying experience for any worker, especially those who are in the midst of working with dangerous and heavy equipment. If they are without the proper falling protection, they could suffer a wide variety of injuries from the impact. In order to protect yourself from a scaffolding accident, make sure that the scaffold complies with all federal regulations, and this includes the necessity of guardrails on all edges. When a worker is higher than 10 feet it is required that they have either the guardrail system or the personal fall system on their person to prevent injury or death. Portable ladders are common both in the construction industry and for domestic use and either can be a danger. On the worksite; however, the hazards can be more severe due to the extreme heights and usage of heavy equipment. When using a construction ladder, make sure that they too comply will the OSHA regulations for safety and that the weight limit is adhered to. Look out for any broken parts or cracks on the ladder, as these may result in frightening accidents.
Unprotected sides, wall openings and floor holes are common dangers on a construction site which is why the proper guardrail systems are necessary to provide a safe workplace for the employees. Depending on the specific construction site, workers may need to wear persona fall arrest systems, and also have in place safety nets around their area to prevent an injury. To prevent accidents make sure all holes are covered, labeled, and able to carry a significant amount of weight. The fourth most common cause of injuries and fatalities on construction sites is exposed rebar. These steel metal bars protrude from eh ground and if a worker falls from a height and lands on top, there is a good chance their body will be impaled and they will not survive. Make sure these rebar's are covered with safety caps or bent over so the edges are not exposed. The use of fall protection is a must when on the construction site, as it may just save your life in the event of a fall.
As a construction site worker, you are well aware of the hazards on the job. However, when the proper safety procedures are followed by all those involved in the construction, it is very possible for you to do your job without harm. Unfortunately, many times this is not the case. Employer and employee negligence is often a direct cause of accidents and subsequent injuries on the job. When an employer fails to meet the safety standards for their worksite, or fail to train he employees for the job properly, people have their lives placed on the line.
When a worker falls from a height it can result in injuries such as broken bones, paralysis, brain damage and death. Even if you are fortunate to survive, in many cases these injuries can be debilitating for a long period of time if not forever, preventing you from working again. If you have been wrongfully injured during a construction accident, contact The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus today for the aggressive attorney you deserve on your side. Our firm will do whatever it takes to fight for the compensation you deserve for your suffering and prove those responsible as negligent in their actions. This financial repayment will help with the extensive medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and future loss of income if the injuries are permanent. Call us today for more information on how we can represent your claim.