Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common injuries in the workplace across the nation. Simply walking across a wet floor or climbing a ladder to change a light bulb could result in a fall injury. Falling from heights are a leading cause of construction site fatalities and have been for years. In 2015, there were 937 fatalities reported on construction sites, 350 (37%) of which were from falls. OSHA stresses that all those deaths were preventable and has several programs in place to help prevent more construction workers’ suffering from injuries after a fall.
If you’ve suffered fall hazards in the workplace, it is important to contact a Pennsylvania consturction accident attorney as soon as possible. With an attorney on your side, you will be able to seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What Are Common Types of Work Hazards?
Often times, fall injuries could be prevented if employers were to keep work environment safe for workers. Often times, employers fail to take the proper measures to look out for workers as they perform their duties.
Some of the most common fall hazards include:
- Slippery or Wet Surfaces
- Uneven Surfaces
- Unstable Surfaces
- Cluttered Areas
- Floor Holes
- Unsafely Positioned Ladders
What Is the Government Doing to Prevent Fall Injuries?
Fall injuries in the workplace can incur considerable costs to employers, employees, and to the worker's compensation system. For that reason, the reduction of fall accidents has become a priority. Medical costs and workers’ compensation paid as a result of fall accidents are around $70 billion per year in the U.S. To help, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is running The National Safety Stand Down to raise awareness of fall injuries to primarily in the construction industry.
The National Safety Stand Down is a program that OSHA asks construction site managers to halt work (mostly for a single day, but sometimes up to a week) to discuss workplace safety measures and prevention. The Stand Down covers safety equipment inspections, emergency procedures after an accident, hazards that are specific to their construction site, and the development of any rescue plans, if necessary. This meeting takes place all across the nation with the purpose of reducing workplace risks like fall hazards and to prevent injuries. Participating employers can provide feedback about their Stand Down in order to receive a Certificate of Participation signed by the Secretary of Labor.
Visit the OSHA website for more detailed suggestions for a successful Stand Down.
The Success of Stand Down Across the Nation
During the first-ever Stand Down event in 2014, almost 5,000 Stand Down meetings were held nationwide. There were over 150 events provided on the OSHA website—free to the public. The U.S. Air Force was the biggest participant involved, with over 650,000 members including civilians, reserve members, and active duty.
In 2015, over 1 million workers were reached through Stand Down events across the nation. In addition, while only 8% of companies hosted events on more than 1 job site, in 2016 that number more than doubled to 17%. In general, a higher number of companies are seeing the value of hosting fall prevention programs for their employees. The industry with the highest participation by far last year was commercial construction—but participation from companies in non-construction industries has also increased since 2014.
Injured in a Fall Accident? Contact Our Pennsylvania Construction Injury Lawyer!
Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC has been the premier personal injury lawyer in Pennsylvania since 1922. We have grown into one of the most recognized injury law firms in Harrisburg, serving thousands of clients in communities like York, Lancaster, Hanover, Harrisburg, Carlisle, and beyond. We provide aggressive, results-based representation that helps workers afford higher quality medical care their family’s needs while they’re recovering from injuries on the job. Our firm has also obtained tens of millions of dollars on our client’s behalf.
If you’re looking for someone to fight for you and give you a voice, Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC is the law firm to call. Contact us for a free consultation. We’re happy to share your legal options with you and help make the right call for your case. We look forward to speaking with you and getting you some answers.
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