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Construction Accidents and Falls

By Bernhard Baltaxe on September 11, 2017

Construction workers at risk of falling from steel beamsConstruction sites involve operating complicated equipment in precarious areas, like a roof or elevated scaffolding, placing many who work in construction at risk of fall injuries. From providing thorough training to proper safety equipment, construction site employers have an obligation to keep their workers safe on the job.

When construction accidents occur as a result of a lack of training, a lack of safety precautions, or other negligence, there may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Those who have been injured in construction accidents and falls in or around San Francisco, CA are encouraged to contact the personal injury attorneys of Smith & Baltaxe, LLP. Our team will work diligently to protect your legal rights.

Causes of Falls at Construction Sites

Whether working on a roof, scaffolding, or other elevated platform, a fall at a construction site can lead to serious injury. Unfortunately, falls may occur as a result of a simple mistake or something more serious such as:

  • Lack of safety equipment
  • Poorly maintained equipment
  • Poor weather conditions creating a slippery environment
  • Sloped roof
  • Narrow elevated walkways
  • Supervisor or coworker mistakes
  • Poor training

Types of Injuries Sustained in Falls at Construction Sites

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death in construction, accounting for nearly 40 percent of construction site deaths. Those who survive a construction site fall are often faced with serious injuries and life long disability.

Some common types of injuries associated with construction site fall accidents include:

  • Sprains and broken bones
  • Bruises
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken back
  • Paralysis

Safety Precautions Can Help Prevent Fall Injuries

Taking proper safety precautions at all times is vital for protecting workers at construction sites. Proper training for all involved on a construction site is one of the most important ways to prevent injuries. Other precautions employers should provide include:

  • Guardrails
  • Warning line systems
  • Safety nets
  • Toeboards
  • Personal fall arrest systems

Seeking Damages for a Fall Injury

When injured in a fall accident while on the job at a construction site, it is important to report the incident immediately, seek medical attention, and obtain and submit workers' compensation forms. When filing a workers' compensation claim, it is important to keep in mind that workers' compensation may not provide enough compensation to cover all medical expenses or lost wages, and it won't pay for other damages like pain and suffering.

For those whose injuries were sustained as a result of another person's negligence, a personal injury lawsuit may be a viable means of recovering compensation for injuries and damages not covered by workers' compensation. Seeking an attorney experienced in workers' compensation claims and construction accidents, including falls, is vital to getting the maximum settlement for your injuries.

Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys

Whether filing a workers' compensation claim or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help protect your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our law firm today to learn more about your legal options.

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