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
  • Amputation
  • Paralysis

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.

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