Helping to Reduce Risks of Work-Related Fall Accidents in Greensboro in 2012

Work-related fall accidents in North Carolina and elsewhere are the leading cause of on-the-job fatalities. These types of accidents are most common in the construction industry. These incidents are not isolated to the construction industry though. They’re common among those who work in the healthcare and the retail industry as well.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some safety tips to help reduce the risks of these types of work accidents. Our Greensboro workers compensation attorneys understand that employees of all kinds are at risk for potentially fatal fall accidents on the job. We’re asking that you review the following information to help to prevent the risk of getting hurt at work in the New Year. According to preliminary statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 635 fatal fall accidents in the country in 2010. These types of accidents accounted for almost 15 percent of all fatal work-related accidents.

Of the 2010 Fatal Work-Related Fall Accidents:

-More than 90 happened when a worker fell on the same level.

-Nearly 540 were accidents involving workers who fell to a lower level.

-About 130 of these accidents happened as workers fell from a ladder.

-More than 100 occurred as employees fell from a roof.

-More than 50 happened as workers fell from scaffolds.

As stated before, most fatal fall accidents are endured by construction industry workers. However, the most common injury-resulting falls occur among those working in the healthcare, wholesale and retail positions.

Common causes of work-related falls:

-Improper fall protections.

-Slippery walkways.

-Unstable walking and working surfaces.

-Failure to remove work debris.

-Cluttered walkways.

-Unprotected holes in walls and floors.

Yes, these types of accidents are common. Unfortunately they can be painful and costly, too. Injuries resulting from fall-related accidents can cost billions in medical bills and in workers’ compensation. Officials estimate these costs amount to $70 billion annually in the U.S. To help reduce these accidents, federal regulations have been established to make sure employers are taking all of the proper safety precautions. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has created a Quick Card to help employers and employers keep work sites safe from fall accidents.

Tips to Prevent Fall Accidents:

-Be sure to guard every floor hole. Use a railing and a toeboard or a floor-hole cover.

-Make sure that every open-sided platform, runway or floor that is at least 4-feet off the ground has both a guardrail and a toeboard.

-Regardless of height, if a worker can slip and fall into a dangerous machine or onto a dangerous piece of equipment, make sure that there are guardrails and toeboards available.

-Consider using other forms of fall protection, including stair railings, safety nets, safety harnessed and handrails, too.

-Keep all floors and work areas in a clean and sanitary condition.

-Provide personal protective equipment to employees at no cost to them.

-Make sure that employees are properly trained.

If you, a friend or a family member has been injured in a work-related fall accident in North or South Carolina, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice. We are dedicated to helping protect the rights of injured workers and their families. Call for a free no-obligation appointment at 1-800-887-1965.

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