Falls are a major hazard in many occupations, especially in the
construction industry. A worker can fall while walking, while climbing a ladder to
reach merchandise or change a lightbulb, while working on a roof, or while
working 10 or even 80 feet above the ground.
According to 2014 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 261,930 workers
from the private and government sectors missed at least one day of work
after being injured in a fall-related accident that was either on the
same level, or to a lower level, and another 798 workers died after falling.
Of all industries, the construction industry ranked #1 in the number of
fall-related fatalities in 2014, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Meanwhile, the health services, wholesale and retail industries
claim the most nonfatal fall-related injuries of all industries combined.
The CDC reports that the workers at the highest risk of a fall-related
injury, includes employees who work in:
- Occupations involving healthcare support,
- Janitorial services,
- Moving materials,
- Construction, and
workers’ compensation and medical costs of occupational fall-related injuries is estimated at
about $70 billion in the United States, according to the CDC – a
While federal regulations and industry standards encourage safety measures
for fall prevention, unfortunately, many employers fail to follow safety
protocol and in effect, hundreds of thousands of workers sustain fall-related
injuries each year.
The best way for companies to successfully reduce fall-related injuries
and deaths is to focus on and implement effective fall protection equipment
and technologies, and to educate their workforce on fall prevention methods,
but too many employers fail to concentrate on these areas.
Effects of Dangerous Falls
The effects of a dangerous fall depends on a number of factors, such as
how far the worker fell, and
how the worker fell. At our workers’ compensation firm, we frequently
represent clients who have sustained broken bones, traumatic brain injuries
spinal cord injuries after a serious fall.
In a recent victory that went before the New York Supreme Court, our client
suffered spinal cord injuries when he fell after a scaffolding collapse.
Through the efforts of Attorney Marc Freund, our client was awarded $1,500,000
by the court.
To read more of our firm’s results,
If you were injured in a fall-related accident at work, don’t hesitate to
contact our New York workers’ compensation firm to schedule a free case