More than 30% of all injuries suffered on a construction site are caused by slips, trips, and falls and almost half of all fatalities happen in similar circumstances. Almost all of these injuries occur because of dangerous job conditions. While most trip-and-falls involve falling on the same level, such as tripping oven an object and landing on the floor, there are several instances where the workers fall several stories down, suffering devastating injuries, sometimes death.
OSHA provides strict regulations that should prevent injuries resulted from trip-and-falls such as:
- All unprotected sides and edges at 4 feet or more above the lower level (including ramps and walkways) should be equipped with guardrails, safety nets, catch platforms, or warning lines
- In cases where the above safety features are not possible, workers should be provided with personal fall arrest systems and have adequate training for working at heights
- Passageways and working areas should be clear of obstructions that could potentially pose a health hazard such as uneven surfaces, potholes, cracks, debris, tools, cables, and hoses
Failing to adhere to these regulations usually leads to injuries such as:
With over 25 years of experience, our lawyers at O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm have been representing construction accidents victims all over California and obtaining fair settlements and verdicts.
If you were injured on a construction site in a trip-and-fall accident that could have been prevented, no matter how minor the injury might seem, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, please fill out the contact form on our site or call one of our offices.