Workplace accidents are far too common in the United States. One of the most common workplace accidents is falls from heights. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), 3 of the top 5 workplace safety violations involve accidents relating to falls.
OSHA Safety Violations
Safety violations relating to falls generally include fall protection, scaffolding protections, hazard communication, and ladder safety standards. Employers have a responsibility to adhere to the safety standards and regulations that OSHA has put in place. One of those requirements is that employers provide workers with fall protection equipment when they are working at heights.
In addition to fall protection equipment, employers can also help prevent falls by implementing the following procedures:
- Use guard rails or toe board around floor holes and elevated openings
- Install stair railings on all stairs
- Provide workers with safety harnesses
- Install safety nets in areas where workers frequently work at high levels
If a worker is injured in a fall and the employer did not adhere to OSHA guidelines or take the necessary precautions to prevent a fall, the employer could be held liable.
Discuss Your Case with an Industrial Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured from falling in the workplace, you should consult with an injury lawyer about your legal rights. At Arnold & Itkin, our injury lawyers have helped thousands on injured workers across the nation recover compensation for their workplace injuries.
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