Falls are Number One Cause of Death Among Construction Workers
Construction work is very dangerous. Of the many ways a construction worker can be injured, perhaps none is more dangerous than the work-related fall.
By its very nature, construction involves performing heavy, precise work, often at great heights and often in a contorted position. Scaffolding and ladders are used to reach high work areas, but often this equipment is defective or perhaps not used properly. The consequences can be a very serious injury for the construction worker.
A person who falls 16 feet will be going approximately 11 miles per hour when he hits the ground. That is a person without any real safety equipment around him (like a car with a seat belt and an airbag) who, at least on a construction site, is likely falling onto concrete or gravel or some other hard surface.
Common Injuries During Construction Site Falls
It is no wonder that construction site falls are so severe. They often result in herniated discs, radiating pain, broken bones and traumatic brain injury. Broken shoulders, knees and ankles are also very common. Construction falls also often result in death. In 2013 there were almost 4,000 work-related deaths in private industry in the United States. Of these, more than 20% occurred in the construction industry. Falls were the number one cause of death among construction workers.
Reduce Your Risk and Prevent Injury
There are ways to reduce the risk of injury from a work related construction fall. Always check equipment such as scaffolding and ladders to make sure they are in good working order. Make sure they are properly footed and secured. Use safety devices such as harnesses and safety belts with carabiner clips. If at all possible, avoid working at heights when it is windy.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site fall, it is important that you seek legal guidance from an experienced NJ workers' compensation attorney immediately. Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. has been serving the Morris County community for over twenty years. He will help you build and fight for your workers' compensation case. If you believe you have a case, please contact us today for a free consultation by filling out our online contact form or by calling us at (973) 285-1100.
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