FOX Carolina recently reported on a roof collapse that injured four workers on the job.
Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers in Asheville, Greensboro and Charlotte know that falls at construction sites can cause life changing injuries and even death. Employers need a concerted effort to protect their workers from fall hazards to reduce the risks of a North Carolina work injury.
An Asheville church construction site was the scene of the accident that sent four workers to the hospital; two were treated and released while two others are reported in serious condition.
It appears that the accident occurred when the roof trusses gave way and crashed onto the workers below. Three of the men were directly under the collapsed area while the fourth was nearby.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction workers are exposed to any number of potential hazards. Fall hazards would certainly be at the top of the list. Falls account for 1 out of every 3 construction-related deaths each year. And falls are the leading cause of death at construction job sites.
Even though there are several methods available to prevent falls, the number of construction workers dying in falls has increased in recent years. The 2007 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that 442 workers plunged to their deaths in 2007. This number represents falls from all causes. BLS reports that 686 construction workers were killed from roof falls from 2003 to 2007.
Fall prevention tips:
-Before work starts identify any potential fall and tripping hazards.
-Look for any floor openings, stairwells, shafts, skylights and roof openings that could be a fall hazard.
-Prior to using, inspect fall protection equipment for defects.
-Always use the appropriate fall protection equipment for the task.
-Make sure ladders are secure and stable before climbing them.
-Do not stand on the top rung/step of a ladder.
-Handrails should be used when going up or down stairs.
-Keep cords and hoses coiled when not in use and keep them out of the way as much as possible to avoid a tripping hazard.
If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina, contact our workers’ compensation lawyers in Asheville, Greensboro and Charlotte. Contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.