Preventing Workplace Falls for Construction Workers
Construction site jobs can be one of the most dangerous places to work. Construction workers continuously risk being seriously injured when at work. These types of jobs cause more deaths than almost any other industry in the nation. Typically, falls are one of the most common workplace injuries sustained in a construction site. These falls will almost always be covered under most workers’ compensation regulations but will, however, occasionally allow for third party lawsuits.
There are several ways in which employers could reduce workplace injuries. The ability to create safer workplace environments is a source of reducing lawsuits for employers. Construction workers and their respective families often have the opportunity to seek restitution for the death or injury of an employee. It is important to note, however, that workers’ compensation regulations can at times limit the restitution an empl
oyee may seek for the injuries or damages sustained at work. Unfortunately, this also includes certain fall related injuries.
Laws that Govern Workplace Safety – Construction site falls can happen at any given moment. While not all falls can be prevented, it is useful to understand the most common hazards that can lead to workplace falls at construction sites. The following is a list of the most common hazards that may lead to a fall.
Unsafe Construction Openings: When a structure is being built, there are often many openings that can be left unsecured. Many companies often deal with time constraints, which puts pressure on their projects. The longer a company takes to build a project, the more costly they become to the project owner. Many construction companies will then pressure their workers to work faster, often leading to unsafe construction sites. Sadly, unsafe construction openings are a preventable cause a falls. If a company regulated the use of safety mechanisms or even allowed their employees to take their time, less construction site injuries and falls would take place.
Incorrect Scaffold Construction: With constant time constraints, many construction companies will not regulate the proper set up of a scaffold at a construction site. Scaffolds are often regarded as a waste of time for many employers, since it is a temporary set up, which is only used for the protection and safety of construction workers. Scaffolds, however, are vital to the prevention of workplace injuries. If built properly, they can often save many workers’ lives.
Mishandling of Compact Ladders: There are so many ways in which a compact ladder can be misused or mishandled. They can either be used for the wrong project in an effort to speed up time and they can even be used in unsafe locations. Compact ladders should be checked prior to each use to make sure they are safe to use. For safety, it is always a good practice to have a partner support the ladder while another uses it.
Finding Accountability When a Workplace Fall Injury Occurs
While the injuries sustained at construction site are commonly regulated by workers’ compensation laws, a few also involve the potential responsibility of a third party. If a safety mechanism failed due to its design, the manufacturing company of that particular item can be held accountable for injuries sustained because of it.
Workplace injury claims can be difficult and complex matters to face alone. Contact a professional attorney who can guide you through the strenuous process as well as champion for your rights as a victim. A knowledgeable attorney will know and understand the laws governing workplace injuries and will fight to hold those who did not follow protocol responsible for his or her actions.
The Law Offices of Justin H. King serves victims of construction site falls and injuries. Attorney Justin H. King has the experience necessary to ensure that victims obtain the compensation to which they are owed. Learn more about construction accidents and claims.