Falls are the leading cause of death in construction.

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Construction Site Fall Prevention Campaign Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced a prevention campaign last month on Workers Memorial Day. This day commemorates people who lost their lives on the job. OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) are all supporting the awareness campaign. It focuses on smaller construction sites, like residential work sites where proper safety measures are less likely to be followed. Projects are typically finished before OSHA has a chance to inspect the site, so there is little to no enforcement. Sadly, the majority of construction accident falls would be avoided with proper training and safety equipment. The Fall Prevention Campaign is delivering three key messages in its effort to reduce injuries and deaths from falls at construction sites:

  • Contractors and workers can plan together, before every job, to work safely at heights.
  • Contractors must provide the right equipment for working at heights, and workers need to use that equipment.
  • Train everyone to use the equipment safely.

Injuries from Falls at the Construction Site

There are many workplace injuries which could result on the job, but there are a couple that seem to frequently lead to severe injury and death: brain injury and back injury. Both injuries can lead to death as well as long term disability. You'll need a Charleston attorney to secure the compensation and benefits you deserve from South Carolina workers' compensation programs, potential third-party injury lawsuits and any other liable parties. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities on construction sites. 255 falls were on a lower level. These deaths could have been prevented. Employers must train all workers fall prevention. Numerous organizations, like OSHA, provide free resources to employee to train their employees. Construction workers are to trained in ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roof safety. When employers fail to provide proper training and or safety equipment, they can be held liable for the resulting injuries.

Employers must train fall prevention.

Numerous organizations, like OSHA, provide free resources to employers to train their employees. Construction workers are to trained in ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roof safety. When employers fail to provide proper training and or safety equipment, they can be held liable for the resulting injuries. Construction is a physically demanding job and the type of injuries sustained can result in the worker no longer being able to perform the functions of his/her job. If you were injured or if a family member was killed by a construction site fall, call Clore Law Group today for a free consultation.

 

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