Working on a construction site poses certain safety risks that are inherent within the job; however, adequate training, properly maintained equipment, and meeting safety code requirements can help minimize the risk of injury. Unfortunately, not all construction sites take the proper measures to ensure worker safety. Slip and fall accidents, especially from elevated heights, are the number one cause of construction worker fatalities.
Elevated falls are a common cause of worker injury. Construction companies should take all of the proper precautions for preventing them from occurring; however, not all do. If you or someone you love has fallen while on a construction site, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Contact Oklahoma City construction slip and fall accident attorneys of the Abel Law Firm to discuss your grounds for filing a claim. Call (405) 239-7046 today to discuss your legal options with a professional.
Slip and Fall Accident Statistics
According to fatality data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, The construction industry accounted for 46.2 percent of all fatal falls, slips, and trips in 2021. While there are several preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of fall accidents, they comprise one out of three construction site fatalities. Some tips for preventing fall accidents are:
- Identify tripping and falling hazards before work begins. Look for roof edges, shafts, stairways, or unprotected floor openings.
- Inspect fall equipment for defects prior to use.
- Use appropriate fall protection gear.
- Secure and stabilize all ladders. Never stand on top rung.
- Use stairway handrails.
- Keep all chords/rope out of walkways.
While the above tips may help reduce the risk of falling, accidents may still occur. If you or someone you know was injured by a fall while on a construction site, the construction company may be liable for any related injuries. To learn more, call our Oklahoma construction site fall attorneys.
For more information about how to file a legal claim, contact the Oklahoma City construction slip and fall accident lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling (405) 239-7046 today.