Falls on Construction Sites are a Serious Problem
As a result of the numerous risks on construction sites, injuries are common and so are Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claims. Some of those claims are, unfortunately, seeking death benefits due to fatal falls on construction sites.
- Falls – 278 out of 775 total deaths in construction in CY 2012 (36%)
- Struck by Object – 78 (10%)
- Electrocutions – 66 (9%)
- Caught-in/between – 13 (2%)
Preventing Falls on Construction Sites
It is extremely important for employers to do what they can to prevent falls on construction sites so they can protect their employees. OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has a website specifically devoted to stopping construction site falls. It recommends that the best way to prevent falls is to Plan, Provide and Train.
Make sure that you budget for enough safety equipment when you first bid for the job. Each type of job will have different risks, so plan for the specific job you are bidding for.
If a worker falls six feet or more, he could be seriously injured or even killed. Keep this in mind when you are providing safety gear. Also, make sure you have the right kind of safety gear for the job. In addition, inspect the gear to make certain it is in proper condition.
There is no point in providing gear if construction workers don’t know how to use it. In addition, teach construction workers how to spot risks that could cause problems. Encourage workers to report any safety risks that they see. OSHA offers training materials you can give your employees to help.
Construction Site Fall?
If you or a loved one fell on a construction site while at work, please contact the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams. There is no fee for the call and no charge unless we are able help you with your benefits. If you don’t need help to get your benefits, we are still happy to be here in case you have problems in the future. Call today at 800-875-5299.