Construction Workers Critically Injured in FallBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on July 26, 2015 | In Construction Accidents
Three men were injured in a Los Angeles area construction accident after they fell about 20 feet. According to a City News Service report, the construction accident occurred at a work site in the 600 block of South Witmer Street in Westlake. Officials have not released any information regarding what caused the fall, how it could have been prevented or what types of injuries were suffered by workers in the accident. Falls are among the most dangerous, and common, causes of construction accidents. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. In the year 2013, falls to a lower level resulted in 291 deaths. Many of these tragic deaths were entirely preventable.
How to prevent a construction site fall:
- Planning ahead. It is the job of the on-site supervisor to examine the tasks required and determine what safety equipment will be needed to protect construction employees.
- Providing ample gear. Anytime a worker is six feet or more off the ground, there is the potential for a fatal fall to occur. Workers must be provided with properly maintained equipment and the right safety gear to prevent falling incidents.
- Providing training. All workers must be trained how to set up and use equipment and safety gear. Expecting workers to perform difficult tasks while at elevation without proper training is a dangerous form of negligence.
Injured construction workers in Los Angeles can pursue financial compensation for their injuries in a number of ways. First, workers who have suffered serious injuries can pursue financial support for their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages through workers’ compensation insurance. Additional compensation may be available through a third-party claim if the accident resulted from someone else’s negligence. Property owners and product manufacturers can be held accountable for pain and suffering, lost future wages and other related damages.
Depending on the circumstances of the construction accident, it may be advisable to seek support through a third party claim and through workers’ compensation benefits. A skilled Los Angeles construction accident attorney can help ensure that fair and full compensation is provided for all of the victim’s injuries, damages and losses.