Construction workers put their lives at risk every day in order to build the structures we live in, work in, spend time in, and depend on. One of the biggest risks they take is falling from great heights. Such accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries, back problems, broken bones, paralysis, and even death. A recent study showed a majority of construction industry falling accidents occur because of workers falling from roofs. Here, we look at these findings and discuss why the falls occur.
Falls From Roofs: a Major Concern for the Construction Industry
A study conducted by the Center for Construction Research and Training Data Center found that falls from roofs accounted for one-third of fall-related construction fatalities from 1992 to 2009. A total of 20,498 occupational fatalities occurred in the construction industry from 1992 to 2009. Of the deaths, nearly one-third, or 6,591, were fall injuries, with 2,163 fatalities from roof falls.
Who Is at Risk?
Roofers, ironworkers, and employees who work for roofing contractors or residential roofing construction sites are the most at risk for falling. Although Hispanic workers accounted for only one-fourth of all construction fatalities, about 35 percent of fatal falls from roofs occurred among Hispanic workers. Furthermore, almost half of all roof fatalities took place in the South.
If you’ve been injured in a fall on a construction site, you are likely facing a difficult road ahead filled with doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, and debt due to costly medical bills. With so much already on your mind, the last thing you should have to worry about is money.
The Florida workers’ compensation program exists to make sure that employees injured in the course of their job can receive payment for their medical care and a portion of their lost wages. Contact the law offices of Johnson and Gilbert to find out if one of our experienced workers’ comp attorneys in Daytona can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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