Every year, an unacceptable number of construction workers suffer serious injuries and lose their lives in on-the-job accidents. From an electrical accident to a defective power tool accident, there are many types of construction accidents. However, falls can be particularly hazardous and it is important for construction workers, companies and contractors to try to prevent these accidents from claiming more lives in San Bernardino, California, and throughout the United States.
When it comes to construction falls, the details of an accident will vary from one case to another. For example, some workers are hurt in a scaffolding fall, while others fall off of a roof or lose their life in a ladder fall. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, most fatalities in construction are the result of falls and OSHA provides some useful tips on their website that can help people prevent construction accidents involving falls. First of all, proper planning is imperative and employers should understand all of the potential hazards before starting a job. Next, it is essential for all workers who are at risk of falling to have all of the necessary protective equipment and gear, such as a fall arrest system that fits the worker and has been inspected. Finally, it is crucial for employers to ensure that workers are properly trained and know how to recognize potential dangers, use ladders and scaffolds properly and thoroughly understand how to use all of their equipment.
It is essential for the reader to remember that this material does not constitute legal advice.