Construction workers risk their lives every day to make our cities bigger and better. Whether it is a slip or fall on an uneven work surface, exposure to hazardous conditions, or working with dangerous construction equipment, these employees face potentially perilous situations every time they punch the clock. Such was the case recently for one construction worker who was seriously injured when he fell while painting a bridge over Lake Lanier; fortunately there was netting beneath the bridge to catch him, but he still suffered head and chest injuries and required hospitalization.
The Most Common Construction Site Accidents
Sadly, these types of workplace accidents happen all the time – falls, in particular, are quite common. The Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that falls are one of the most common causes of nonfatal work injuries. Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees, and one of the ways they can do so is by implementing safety programs to prevent workplace accidents from occurring, or at the very least to lessen the chances they will occur. To further this effort, OSHA has set requirements for fall protection; the standards differ depending upon the type of work industry. Some of the general requirements include:
- For general industry workplaces: four feet
- For shipyards: five feet
- For the construction industry: six feet
- For longshoring operations: eight feet
Of note is OSHA’s requirement of other types of fall protection for certain jobs, which may include jobs such as the bridge painting tasked to the unfortunate Lake Lanier fall victim. In these other types of jobs, alternate or additional safety requirements may include harnesses and lines and safety nets.
When Fall Protection Does Not Equal Fall Prevention
Despite an employer’s best efforts to maintain a safe working environment, accidents may still occur. When they do, the injured employee will be entitled to workers’ compensation for his or her injuries unless the accident was caused by the employee’s willful misconduct such as horseplay or intoxication on the job. Workers’ compensation typically includes money for medical expenses and lost pay, additional benefits may be available depending on the circumstances of individual cases.
When Injured at Work, Contact the Workers’ Compensation Professionals at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
Whether you have been injured on the job, or your loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a workplace accident, you need to be able to turn to a knowledgeable attorney to help you to ensure that you are compensated for your losses to the fullest extent possible. When suffering from any type of workplace accident, you do not have to face additional stress and headaches dealing with an unfamiliar legal process alone. The experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys at the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, LLC are here to help you recover for your losses and will advocate tirelessly on your behalf. Contact us today online to schedule your complimentary consultation. We look forward to helping you make a full recovery of your losses.