According to the United States Department of Labor Occupation Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “Falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities.” In fact, 100,000 or more workers are hurt and approximately 200 are killed each year from falls. Because of this shocking statistic, OSHA has developed specific safety standards for the construction industry in an attempt to prevent these types of accidents.
The danger of falling is a constant concern for men and women working on construction sites. While a number of safety precautions are taken, many of them are not specific to fall prevention.
OSHA requires fall safety precautions on job sites where the danger of falling is especially apparent:
- Walking and working surfaces
- Hoisting areas
- Unprotected edges and sides
Contractors will try to avoid the enforcement of OSHA fall protection precautions because of the added time and expense. Therefore, workers have to learn to protect themselves by engaging in individual safety precautions.
While some injuries are minor, falls can result in severe internal injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and permanent paralysis or even death.
Suffering from these types of injuries changes the course of your life and the lives of your family members forever. If you or someone you love suffered a serious fall at work, you have to call me right away at 1 (800) 556-4769. I will help you navigate Ohio’s complicated workers’ compensation system, make sure you understand your rights, and get you the financial assistance you need after a serious work injury.
Author: Tim Misny | For over 34 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.