Falls are a common cause of work-related injuries in Asheville and elsewhere regardless of which industry you work in.
A fall accident can result from walking up stairs, climbing a ladder or even tripping over a power cord in the office. Others can be more serious like ones affecting ironworkers who work nearly 100 feet in the air. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there were more than 600 employees killed and another 212,800 employees injured because of fall-related accidents in the work place in 2010.
Fatal fall accidents most frequently occur to those who work in the construction industry although the highest number of injuries typically occur to those who work in the wholesale and retail as well as the health service industry. Some of those who are at particularly high risks for fall accidents include those who work in extraction occupations, construction, transportation and material moving, building cleaning and maintenance as well as healthcare industries.
Our Asheville workers’ compensation lawyers understand that there are certain circumstances that are oftentimes associated with these kinds of accidents. Many times, unprotected edges, unstable walking areas, clutter, slippery surfaces, wall openings, floor holes, misused fall protection and even unsafely placed ladders are likely causes of these kinds of accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to federal safety laws and regulations, employers are required to provide employees with performance-based protection for fall prevention. Unfortunately, many of our county’s work places have unacceptably unsafe work practices in addition to the already low safety culture and fall-related injury and fatalities continue to be far too high each year.
Experts report that these kinds of accident cost roughly $70 billion each year in just the U.S. alone. These costs are comprised of medical costs as well as workers’ compensation costs. Reports indicate that we’re not the only country that’s facing these problems though. For that reason, officials with the international public health community are working together to help to create strategies to help to reduce these risks.
Employers are urged to enact fall prevention procedures, standard and equipment.
Falls continues to be one of the leading causes of work-related injuries. In 2008, falls accounted for nearly 60 fatalities in the manufacturing sector along. These incidents also contributed to nearly 24,700 injuries that resulted in days away from work in the same sector.
If you’ve been injured in a fall-related accident on the job, you’re urged to visit a doctor and have your injuries treated immediately. After you do that, it’s critical for you to contact an experienced attorney to help you to fight for your rights and for the compensation that you deserve.
Each year, nearly 9 million people are admitted through an emergency room because of fall-related accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a fall-related work accident in Asheville or elsewhere in the area, contact the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case. Call us today to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.