Construction Site Falls

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous workplaces in America. On-the-job falls are actually one of the most common types of workplace incidents that can result in injuries and fatalities at construction sites. Construction site falls can leave victims in the hospital or worse. It’s not uncommon to see victims of construction site falls suffer from severe, catastrophic and even fatal injuries. Neck and spinal cord injuries are commonly associated with construction site falls, as are traumatic brain injuries. After any kind of accident at the construction site, it’s essential to get in touch with a skilled and proven personal injury lawyer about your injury claim. Your lawyer can be your advocate as you recover and take the steps necessary to get on with your life after a construction site fall.

Different Types of Construction Site Falls
  • Falls from ladders
  • Falls from roofs
  • Falls from scaffolding
  • Falls from bridges or towers
  • Falls due to inadequate rails or guards.
  • Falls from a crane
  • Trip and falls over equipment or cords at the job site
  • Falls from a cherry picker
Job Site Safety and Fall Prevention

The old adage, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure goes doubly on the construction job site. At the construction site, the stakes are high. Even seemingly minor safety infractions and violations can lead to catastrophic or even fatal fall injuries. Employers owe their employees a reasonable and lawful duty of safety on the job site. Preventing fatal or injury causing falls is essential to keep the workplace safe. After a construction site fall, it will be necessary to determine if some type of negligence contributed to your injury. Your lawyer can stay on top of any official investigative developments and help to get your injury and worker’s compensation claim started off on the right track.

Common Hazards Associated with Construction Site Falls
  • Misuse of portable ladders
  • Unguarded, protruding steel rebar
  • Improper scaffold construction
  • Unprotected sides, wall openings or floor holes
Portable Ladder Safety

Portable ladders can be death traps. We use these pieces of equipment so often around the job site and around our own homes, that it’s easy to trust them and get complacent about portable ladder safety. When it comes to using ladders at home or at the construction site, always inspect each ladder you use, before you use it. Make sure it’s not broken, cracked or damaged in any way. Even a little damage can spell big trouble under the weight of a full-grown man or woman. Additionally, never use a ladder in a manner it wasn’t designed to be used for. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, especially where it pertains to weight loading. Even a relatively short fall from a damaged ladder can leave victims with a life-changing neck or spinal cord injury. Don’t take a chance with a questionable ladder.

OSHA Safety and Compliance on the Construction Site

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is the agency tasked with regulation occupational at job sites across the nation. After any kind of fall, there will be an investigation to determine if the workplace was in full compliance with all OSHA regulations and safety laws. If there was some workplace safety violation, it will be necessary to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. Your personal injury lawyer can help determine what type of negligence contributed to your construction site fall.

Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries From Construction Site Falls

Sadly, debilitating and devastating neck and spinal cord injuries are frequently associated with construction site falls. It’s possible to severely fracture or damage your spinal cord in a fall even from a relatively low height. It doesn’t take much force to do irreparable and lifelong damage to your neck or spinal cord. Victims of construction site falls can be left with temporary or long-term paralysis and minor, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury, depending upon the severity of their individual fall.

After a Construction Site Fall

After any type of accident on the construction site, it’s important to get in touch with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. Victims of construction site falls can be left in the hospital and out of work for an extended period of time. Not only will you have medical bills piling up, you’re family might also be struggling to make ends meet after the injury of a primary breadwinner. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a construction site fall in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

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