Falls from Heights – A Common Construction Site Accident
Falls from heights are a big threat to construction workers. Construction work is one of the few jobs where workers are often outside and up in the air a few hundred feet. It is certainly a dangerous job, but without construction workers, no buildings would exist.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 5000 construction workers die each year because of construction site accidents. Falls from heights are the most frequent on-the-job cause of death for construction workers.
Falls from heights often result in death. A blow to the head can cause serious injury or even death. In fact, most construction workers who die fall 25 feet or less.
Employers are responsible for keeping construction workers safe. This involves making sure all workers have proper safety equipment such as harnesses, safety nets, guardrail systems and warning lines. Workers should also receive training for proper operation of machinery on the site.
If the employer fails to meet safety regulations and an accident occurs, the employer may be negligent. In that situation, the injured worker may be able to file a personal injury claim.
Falls are dangerous – whether from a scaffold, roof, ladder or other elevated location. No matter the location, if you suffer an injury you may file a claim for compensation. If you suffer a serious fall on a construction site contact a construction accident attorney.
You can file a personal injury claim with the help of the personal injury law firm, Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. Since 1960, Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. has provided legal advice and services for clients in the Bronx, Westchester, Brooklyn, Queens, New York, Rockland, and Nassau Counties.