According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls remain the most common cause of construction worker deaths. Data from 2017 reveals that out of 971 construction deaths, 366 were due to falls to a lower level of the structure.
You have the right to a safe workplace
If you work in residential or commercial construction, your employer must provide you with certain safety procedures and equipment to prevent falls. This includes:
- Having a plan for the job that includes consideration of necessary safety equipment/fall prevention
- Providing the right safety equipment for the job such as the correct ladders, scaffolds and other safety instruments
- Proper training on the safety equipment for all workers
When employers fail to provide these safety precautions, workers may pay the price.
Falls on construction sites can cause serious injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
Any of these injuries may mean an end to your ability to perform your construction job. In addition, some of these injuries can be fatal. In either case, you or your family will likely need financial assistance after a construction accident.
How will an injury affect your ability to provide for your family?
If you are unable to return to your job, you may require damages that are in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits you receive. In these cases, you may need legal help to determine whether a third party is liable for your injuries.
Construction accidents can be complex due to the number of employers, contractors and subcontractors on construction sites. Make sure that you know your right to a safe workplace and to workers’ compensation. If third-party negligence causes an injury, you may be entitled to additional damages.