North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys are frequently called to represent employees who have been injured in fall accidents on the job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 658 workers were fatally injured in falls in 2008. More than 234,000 workplace fall accidents were reported.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department reported that the 41-year-old longtime employee of the company was working on a plane when he fell from a height of two stories. The employee was found dead at the scene; the sheriff’s office would not say whether he was wearing safety equipment.
An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the accident.
The U.S. Department of Labor lists falls as one of the leading causes of serious and fatal work accidents. Employers are required to provide fall protection at heights greater than four feet in general industry, five feet in maritime and six feet in construction. Regardless of height, fall protection must also be provided when an employee is working over dangerous equipment or machinery.
Slip, Trip and Stumbling Hazards:
-Objects or materials in the walkway.
-Tools on the floor.
-Projecting machinery or equipment.
-Scrap or waste material.
-Extension cords, cables, or hoses.
-Wet or slippery floors or stairs.
The North Carolina Department of Labor offers a 50-page book on safely working at height, including roofing and ladder work, as well as other workplace safety measures to prevent fall accidents.
If you have been injured in a work accident in Greensboro, North Carolina or the surrounding area, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.