In 2010, 264 people plummeted to their death. That’s more than a third of the all construction fatalities that year.
But lives can be saved because FALLS ARE AVOIDABLE.
That is why OSHA issues clear rules to employers to help them prevent falls. Here is a quick list of a few of those guidelines:
Prepare: Employers must plan projects to ensure that the job is done safely. Determine how the job will be done, what tasks will be involved, and what safety equipment is necessary. Then include safety equipment in the cost of the project. For instance, in a roofing job, think about all of the different fall hazards, such as holes or skylights and leading edges, then plan and select fall protection needs suitable to that scenario.
Provide the right equipment: Employees who are six feet or more above lower levels are in danger of serious injury or death if they should fall. To protect these workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job, including the appropriate kinds of ladders, scaffolds and safety gear.
Train everyone: Falls can be prevented when workers understand proper set-up and safe use of equipment, so they require training on the specific equipment they will use to execute the job. Employers must train workers in hazard recognition and in the care and safe use of ladders, scaffolds, fall protection systems and other equipment.
When injuries on the job happen, often one of these critical steps has been missed and an experienced personal injury lawyer can help provide the insights and information the injured party and their families need to ensure their rights are protected.
If you or a relative has been hurt on the work-site, let the Parrish Law Firm help guide you to justice and fair compensation. The first consultation is of no charge, so please call us to schedule yours today at (405) 232-1985 or see our web site at http://www.parrishlawokc.com.