Construction is a dangerous industry. While construction workers face many risks, falls are a risk that everyone must know about, prepare for, and try to avoid. According to OSHA, construction falls are the most common type of fatal accidents on construction sites. Knowing about the risk of falls, protection that can be taken to avoid falls, and how to contact an experienced Virginia construction accident lawyer can help you protect yourself from this life-changing, or life-ending, accident.
5 Risks of Construction Falls
A fall can happen at any time. You may trip over a tool that was not properly put away, or you may slip on something wet, for example. It is important to always be aware of the risk and never let your guard down.
Some common types of construction falls that result in serious, or fatal, injuries include falls from:
- Heights (such as roofs).
- Cranes or derricks.
Regardless of how you fell, the risks that you face may be the same. You may be injured and unable to work, unable to enjoy the family activities you once did, and unable to get through the day without pain. Instead of living the active lifestyle that you always enjoyed, your days are now spent at home or the doctor’s office.
Employers Can Reduce the Risks of Construction Falls
Some falls are accidents and will occur regardless of the precautions that are taken. The law allows you to recover for these types of fall injuries and also for fall injuries that could’ve been prevented. Generally, employers can reduce the likelihood of falls by:
- Having proper fall protection equipment.
- Providing fall prevention training.
- Insisting on adherence to safety rules while on the job site.
- Regularly checking all equipment for safety.
Together, you, your employer, and your colleagues can help prevent some serious fall injuries.
Call a Virginia Construction Accident Attorney for Help after a Fall
If you have been hurt in a fall, you should not have to live in pain and in financial fear. Virginia law allows you to recover if you have been injured in a construction accident. Please contact our experienced Virginia construction accident injury lawyers today via our website or by calling 540-341-0007 or 888-907-2631 to set up a FREE case evaluation. Together, we will work hard to get you the recovery you deserve.