According to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, falls are the leading cause of death in the United States construction industry. On average, 150 to 200 deaths occur annually because of falls, and more than 100,000 workers are injured on construction sites.
Many injured construction workers seek Florida workers’ compensation for a variety of different injuries they receive on the job because of falls, including broken or crushed bones, head injuries, back problems, and lacerations. General contractors and workers may be able to prevent the falls by implementing safety precautions at the sites.
Does Your Construction Site Have These Safety Measures in Place?
It’s far better to anticipate and prevent an accident than for worker to rely on worker’s compensation to pay for his medical care and lost wages after a construction site fall in Volusia County. If you are a construction worker, you should make sure that your employer or contractor has implemented adequate safety procedures, such as:
- Fall safety systems. Contractors and managers may prevent falls by using one of many safety systems available. Guardrail systems, safety net systems, and personal fall arrest systems should be used when employees are exposed to a fall of six feet or more above a lower level.
- Floor hole covers. Cover or guard floor holes as soon as they are created to prevent someone from falling into them. The covers should be constructed so that they support twice the weight of employees, equipment, and materials that may sit on the covers at any time.
- Inspections and safety audits. Before work begins, a safety expert should survey the site to look for any dangerous conditions. Those inspections should continue throughout the project’s timeline to ensure everything is safe for the workers.
When Injuries Occur
If, despite your best efforts, you become still the victim of a construction site fall, contact the attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert. We may be able to help you receive the workers’ compensation you deserve. If not, you could be responsible for the costly medical bills needed to treat your injuries, which isn’t fair.
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