As we recently reported on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, fall-related work accidents in Greensboro and elsewhere are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.
In 2010, there were nearly 800 fatalities in the construction field. Of these deaths, nearly 300 were falls to lower levels. The truth of the matter is that the leading cause of death in this industry is completely preventable, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Our Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyers understand that it only takes three simple steps to help to prevent fall-related accidents on the job; Plan. Provide. Train.
To help to push these three steps, OSHA recently unveiled a nationwide outreach campaign to help to raise awareness in both employees and employers about the risks and hazards of falls from roofs, scaffolds and ladders. Within the nationwide campaign, OSHA officials are offering training tools and various campaigning tools to help to spread the message. A lot of the new materials target workers with limited English proficiency will be released by the Administration.
To further its efforts, OSHA teamed up with the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) – Construction Sector to help to reach even more workers and employers.
How to Help to Prevent a Fall-Related Work Accident:
-Make sure you plan ahead before starting the job. It’s important to make sure that plans are in place for workers who are working from heights, such as roofs, scaffolds and ladders. The job shouldn’t begin until a plan is set. Know what job will be done, which tasks are involved and what type of safety equipment is needed for each job.
-Make sure to include the costs of safety equipment when estimating a job. All safety equipment should be present on the job site at all times. For example, if you’re working a roofing job it’s important to think about all of the fall hazards, including skylights, holes and leading edges. Once the hazards are identified, be sure to select all of the fall protection that’s suitable to that work, like personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).
-Always have the right equipment. When an employee is working at least six feet above a lower level, their risks for serious injury or death are relatively high should a fall accident happen. To help to keep these workers safe, employers are required to provide the proper fall protections and the right equipment for the job. This includes the right kinds of scaffolds, ladders and safety gear.
One ladder or scaffold isn’t suitable for every job. There are difference pieces of equipment that are designated for different jobs. Employers are to be sure to provide the right equipment for the job to workers. If employees use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS), employers are required to provide a harness for each employee who needs to tie off to the anchor. The PSAS should fit properly to make sure it works effectively. The condition of these devices must also be monitored. Old, worn devices can be highly ineffective.
If you or someone who is close to you has been injured or killed in a work accident in Greensboro or elsewhere throughout the state, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case. Give us a call to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call us today at 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina Determined by the Prevailing Wage, Says the Court in Thorpe v. Ted Bowling Construction, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, May 10, 2012