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Chicago Construction Site Falls Attorneys
Falls are one of the most common types of accidents on construction sites and many construction workers sustain severe injuries when they fall. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers falls to be one of the construction industry’s “fatal four” accidents due to the number of deaths that result from falls on construction sites each year.Falling can be a frightening experience in itself and dealing with the aftermath of a fall injury can be devastating. Many fall victims have their lives completely changed for a period of time—if not forever. With the costs of medical treatment and the limitations caused by traumatic injuries, it is important to understand when you have the right to financial compensation after a fall.At the Chicago law firm of Abels & Annes, we regularly help construction site fall victims recover for their losses. We can evaluate your situation and advise you on the best path to financial recovery, so please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your situation today.Falls from Heights on Construction SitesConstruction jobs often require working from high places. Whether you are building a multi-level structure, repairing or building a bridge, installing roofing, or doing work from cranes or other types of heavy machinery, you are at risk of falling.Scaffolding collapses are a major cause of falls for construction workers. Scaffolding is a temporary structure that allows work to be done on the outside of buildings and other structures. While OSHA has specific safety standards regarding scaffolding, such regulations do not always prevent scaffolding from malfunctioning. Sometimes, an entire scaffolding structure will collapse while there are people working from the scaffolding. These workers can fall numerous floors to the ground and any scaffolding equipment above them can crash onto them. It should be no surprise that scaffolding-related falls can result in catastrophic injuries.Construction falls are also commonly caused by a construction company’s safety violations. Anyone working from heights should be properly trained to do so and should have all of the required safety equipment—including harnesses. Too many construction companies allow workers to work in high places without being adequately strapped in or trained on fall safety. Such safety violations can easily lead to falls from heights.Slips, Trips, and FallsIt is easy to understand how falling from a high place can cause severe injuries; however, you may not realize that falls on level ground can also result in life-changing injuries. Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of accidental injuries in the United States.Construction sites have many different hazards that may cause a worker to slip or trip, leading to a fall. Some hazards may include:
- Electrical cords across walkways
- Tools or building materials left on the ground
- Inadequate footwear that causes a worker to slip
- Wet or slippery surfaces
- Holes or other irregularities in the ground surface