Falls from Heights
Fort Lauderdale Workers’ Comp Lawyer
In the construction industry, it is quite common to work at great heights,
sometimes even hundreds of feet up in the air. Whether it’s from
a ladder, scaffolding or the beam of a half-constructed building, the
danger of falling is present—and it can be fatal. In fact, the leading
cause of death in the construction industry is falling, followed by struck
by object, electrocution and caught-in/between. Known as the
“Fatal Four,” these accidents were responsible for nearly three-quarters of construction
worker deaths in 2016.
The law firm of Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. has experience advocating
for injured construction workers and the families of Fort Lauderdale and
surrounding communities in Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured
because of a fall from work, contact our worker’s compensation attorneys
to discuss the possibility of filing a case against the responsible party
or parties who may have caused the accident.
Construction Accidents Involving Falls from Heights
Property owners, general contractors, and subcontractors all have the duty
to provide safety to employees working at elevated heights. While the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) levies fines against
employers who violate their standards, many construction companies cut
corners in order to save money, which puts their workers in danger.
The most common falls from heights at construction sites include:
- Falls from scaffolding
- Falls from ladders
- Falls from roofs or beams
- Falls through holes or floor openings
- Falls caused by electrical shock
These falls occur because of improper scaffolding construction, misuse
of portable ladders, unprotected sides, unguarded protruding steel rebar’s
and workers not using proper fall protection.
Common Fall-Related Injuries
Regardless of what causes a fall, it’s almost certain that the injury
will be severe enough to incur a bevy of hospital visits and rehabilitation
costs. Some of the most common fall-related injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
While not all construction site injuries may be preventable, when negligence
is involved, there’s no reason for an accident to occur while an
employee is at work. If you or someone you know has been involved in a
fall at a construction site, contact our
Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation lawyers at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today. Our firm will do what it takes
to fight for the compensation you need to cover your expensive medical
bills and lost wages from work.
Call (888) 499-6206 today for a free initial case evaluation.