Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. A leading cause of injuries and fatalities is falls from high platforms such as roofs and scaffolding. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls contribute to thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths in construction accidents each year. In order to limit the number of injuries and fatalities caused by falls, workers should always use fall protection equipment when performing work on high, unsecured platforms.
Types of Fall Protection Equipment
There are three broad types of fall prevention systems:
- Fall Prevention: Fall prevention equipment does exactly what it says — it prevents a fall from occurring by creating a barrier between the worker and the hazard.
- Fall Restraint: Fall restraint equipment uses a tie-off system to prevent a worker from reaching a fall hazard.
- Fall Arrest: Fall arrest equipment uses a tie-off system to stop a fall that is already in progress.
In the construction industry, some of the most popular fall protection systems are:
- Safety net systems
- Warning line systems
- Guardrail systems
- Personal fall arrest systems
- Safety monitoring systems
- Controlled access zones
Employers are required by OSHA to install and enforce the use of fall protection systems on construction sites. OSHA also requires employers to sufficiently train all workers on how to properly use and maintain the fall protection systems that are on the construction site. Even if fall protection systems are present, failing to train workers on their proper usage can lead to devastating catastrophes. If a worker is injured or killed from a fall and was not using or did not have the option to use a fall protection system, the employer can be held liable.
Arnold & Itkin has represented hundreds of injured construction workers who could have avoided injury had they been afforded fall protection systems and been properly trained. Unfortunately, companies sometimes cut corners to reduce cost or save time, which puts all of the workers in harm's way. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a construction accident, consult with our construction accident attorneys to find out your legal options. If it is determined that the injury or death could have been prevented through the use of a fall protection system or some other form of safety equipment or training, the employer could be responsible. Our attorneys will review the facts of your case free of charge and if you choose to have our firm represent you in this matter, you don't pay a dime unless we win your case. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.