Lawyers For Construction Site Workers Comp In SC
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics show that falls from roofs, scaffolds, ladders and other heights are the leading cause of construction-site deaths, accounting for approximately 33 percent of all construction-related fatalities. In addition, countless workers suffer serious fall-related injuries every year.
Injuries Sustained From Scaffolding Or Ladder Falls
Because injuries from falls involving ladders and scaffolding happen from dangerous heights, injuries are oftentimes severe and can result in: head and traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord issues that cause partial or total paralysis, back issues that can result in long lasting, chronic pain, and limb injuries or amputation.
Common Causes Of Fall Injuries
The safety recommendations and practices that are put in place are intended to lessen the risk and prevalence of scaffolding and ladder and injuries. Unfortunately, in many cases companies fail to follow those regulations correctly, resulting in OSHA violations. Things that often contribute to these injuries include:
- Failure to train employees properly on correct safety protocols
- Old, faulty, poorly maintained or broken equipment
- Failure to teach or enforce correct tool and equipment securing techniques
- Improper assembly that that can lead to ladders and scaffolding collapsing
- Overloading the equipment with too much weight
- Failure to keep equipment from having contact with power lines
Often it is not the fault of the workers in these cases, but failures on the part of foreman, contractors and other people supervising the jobs. Because of this, workers should be compensated to cover all of the losses they will experience. Workers’ comp laws can be very complicated and have frequent changes. This is why if you are injured in this type of accident you need to reach out to experienced and knowledgeable workers comp lawyer to help in your pursuit of compensation.
If you suffered a back injury, a shoulder injury or any other type of injury due to a scaffolding or ladder fall, turn to John Price Law Firm, LLC. Our Charleston construction site accident attorneys can help you pursue the full and fair compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages and more.
The insurance claims adjusters sent out by your company’s insurance company are there to save the insurance company money, not get you the most compensation possible. They may try to say your accident was in some way caused by your own negligence. We will help you fight to show your injuries were of no fault of your own and that you deserve to be compensated.
In addition to helping you through the workers’ compensation process, our slip and fall workers comp lawyer services will investigate the cause of your accident and see if you may also have a third-party personal injury claim. If so, you may be eligible for even more financial compensation.
Regulations To Prevent Falling
OSHA has strict requirements for construction sites, intended to prevent falls and the serious injuries or deaths that frequently result. These regulations include the following:
- Each worker on a scaffold that is more than 10 feet above another level must be protected from falling to the lower level.
- Adequate fall protection may either consist of a personal fall arrest system or a guardrail system that meets OSHA requirements.
- Employees engaged in overhand bricklaying work from supported scaffolds must be guarded against falls from all open sides of the scaffold (except where the wall is being laid).