The Importance of Fall Protection for Workers
Falls are a serious hazard for employees in the construction and related industries. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that over 4,251 workers died on the job in the year 2014. Of these deaths, 20.5 percent were in construction. Moreover, falls were the leading cause of construction accident deaths, accounting for 40 percent of all construction site fatalities. Fall protection is federally mandated to protect workers who will be working from heights that could result in injury. All employers must provide fall protection as needed, but sometimes employers do not meet federal guidelines and accidents can result.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia workers' compensation attorneys understand the dangers facing construction workers and others who work on ladders or other high surfaces. Our compassionate attorney team has assisted numerous employees injured due to falls and we offer dedicated legal representation to injured workers in Georgia and beyond.
OSHA's Duty to Have Fall Protection
OSHA sets out a series of regulations concerning fall protection. OSHA regulates the types of fall protection necessary the list of regulations extensive. Each regulation is specific to the type of construction situation, and there are often exceptions or grey areas that will require an attorney with extensive knowledge as to workplace safety to interpret properly. For this reason, it is essential that you consult an experienced workplace accident attorney following a fall.
Some of the main types of fall protection utilized on construction sites include, among others:
- Safety net systems
- Controlled access zones
- Guardrail systems
- Personal fall arrest systems
- Warning line systems
Training Workers in Fall Protection
OSHA regulations not only dictate what fall protection systems is used in various situations on the worksite, but it also requires proper training for employees. Under OSHA, all workers must be trained in the proper selection, use, and maintenance of fall protection systems.
Failure to provide adequate training to employees can result in serious accidents. As such, when a construction site fall happens, investigations will occur into its cause and training quality might be considered as a cause or contributing factor in the accident. An experienced attorney can help injured accident victims and their families to determine whether fall protection training occurred on the construction site.
Anyone injured in a construction-related accident should consult an attorney early on. Injured employees should be eligible to receive benefits through the workers' compensation system, which covers injured workers' medical expenses and part of their lost wages. Other times, injured workers might be able to pursue a personal injury action against their employer, a product manufacturer, or a third party responsible for their injuries. Consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights as well as the steps necessary to obtain compensation.
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