A Boeing employee is dead after falling from a rig. According to ABC4, the 38-year-old worker was killed as a result of injuries, which included a traumatic brain injury. It happened just before 11:30 p.m.
According to the company, the safety of its workers is a top concern. Officials say that they will be following a comprehensive safety plan and internal processes and will be conducting an investigation to figure out the exact cause of the accident, as well as whether any corrective actions might be required.
Our Charleston workers' compensation attorneys understand that falls are a persistent hazard on work sites nationwide. These kinds of accidents can happen when using a step stool or when climbing hundreds of feet off the ground. They can happen anywhere. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were close to 610 workers killed in the U.S. in fall accidents to the same or lower level last year. In addition to these fatalities, were were another 213,000 workers injured in these kinds of accidents.
While many of these accidents happen in the construction industry, they can happen virtually anywhere -- including a Boeing plant.
The company says that it will be providing counselors along with support from its Employee Assistance Program to help employees to cope with the loss of their friend and coworker. Company officials will also be meeting with teammates to talk about the accident and will try to figure out ways to improve the safety of workers in the future.
The worker who died in this unfortunate accident started in the summer of 2012 and has reportedly completed several months of the company's required training.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to fall accidents. These can include, floor holes, unprotected edges, unstable work surfaces, clutter, slippery walk areas, misused fall protection and even unsafely position ladders. As it stands now, there are federal regulations and industry consensus standards that require each workplace to follow the proper fall protection standards. However, the constant use of unsafe work practices and low safety culture across a number on industries define steady fall accident, injury and fatality rates year after year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Not only are these accident risks threatening you and your coworkers, but they're costing us all. Each year, medical costs and workers' compensation associated with fall accidents cost the country roughly $70 billion.
The best way to help to keep your workers out of these kinds of accidents and away from these injuries is to make sure that they're provided with the proper fall protection equipment and that they're properly trained with this equipment and the job duties they're performing. Not only is it in their best interest, but it's in your too considering it's a federal safety standard.