Construction accidents (falls from heights and other injuries)
If you need assistance or help in a matter of workers’ compensation for work injuries, Lluis Law’s lawyers can help you in whatever you need. Whatever your needs for workers’ compensation, Lluis Law’s construction accident attorneys have more than 40 years of experience representing workers in the Los Angeles area.
Construction workers are among the most exposed to fall injuries, especially those who are responsible for the installation of roofs, roofing or windows. In the same way, workers paint walls and other surfaces with the help of scaffolding and ladders.
Although most construction jobs are high risk, employers in the construction industry are required to provide the worker with safe work environments to avoid these work accidents. Likewise, they must be equipped with the appropriate protection equipment and training to avoid accidents as much as possible.
Fall accidents are among the most common accidents suffered by workers of companies that provide roof installation or repair services. The injuries resulting from these accidents are often very serious and can cause the death of the person.
These workers must daily perform their work in flat roofs or at very steep angles (two waters), so that the chances of sliding or losing balance and falling at some point are quite high.
Recommendations to avoid accidents due to falls
The basic recommendations for workers who perform tasks at heights are:
- Be familiar with the work in each type of roof and with the inherent risks.
- Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to help prevent injuries in the event of falls.
- Cover or place protectors around skylights, openings and other holes in the ceiling.
- Be careful with brittle parts due to deterioration in the roof (beams, tiles, mantle).
- Do not work in adverse environmental conditions (rain, snow or strong winds).
- Clean the roof of dried leaves and sawdust beforehand, collect the forgotten tools, the electricity cables and heavy objects that could also injure another person when falling.
- To receive adequate training on the specific dangers related to the installation of ceilings because the surfaces are often wet or slippery.
Other safety recommendations
- Wear secure work boots with protective heel and anti-slip sole.
- Always wear gloves, helmet and safety glasses.
- Wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves to protect the body.
- Depending on the work, knee pads can be used if you need to stay inclined.
- Place the stairs on stable surfaces; They must be fixed to the ceiling to prevent them from falling or rolling.
- Use stairs suitable for the type of work (capacity and size). The stairs must be lowered or raised with the hands free to be able to hold the steps with both hands.
Work with inherent risks of most common falls
Some of the tasks in the construction sector that present a higher risk of accidents with fall injuries are related to:
- Installation or remodeling of roofs, roofing or floors (falls from heights and slips that cause injuries to the head, spine and bone fractures).
- Painting of buildings or houses (falls from scaffolding or stairs causing head injuries, injuries to the back and extremities).
- Window cleaning.
- Other construction accidents at heights that can cause severe injuries are:
- Accidents due to nail gun handling.
- Accidents with electricity, welding equipment and cleaning tasks.
- Accidents due to the collapse of structures.
- Crane and forklift accidents.
- Explosions (burns and amputations)
- Defective heavy machinery and equipment.
Any of these accidents can limit the worker’s future ability to generate income and cause incapacitating injuries temporarily or permanently. In such an event, victims of injuries in a California construction accident have the right to file a claim or lawsuit for damages against their negligent employer or the responsible party.
Immigrant workers without papers
The worker’s immigration status is not an obstacle for him to be able to fully exercise his labor rights in California. All workers, regardless of their condition (with or without papers), have the right to receive labor protection and compensation for their work injuries.
Compensatory damages for construction accidents
The recovery of damages that might be available to the injured worker in a construction accident may include:
- Medical bills.
- Compensation for pain and suffering.
- Rehabilitation expenses.
- Lost wages.
- Loss of capacity to generate future profits.
Jobs that have more risk of accidents
The workers who are injured the most in construction accidents due to falls from heights, according to statistics in the United States are:
- Roof fitters roofing.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury at your workplace, Lluis Law’s personal injury lawyers can help you with everything you need. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Our telephone number is (213) 320-0777.
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