Falls from Scaffolding and Ladders
Workplace hazards are especially evident to those who are employed in the construction industry. Unfortunately, falls from scaffolding and ladders can happen at any time and without warning, regardless of the safety precautions that are put in place. Simple human error or ignorance can cause a working to tumble from a very high point, resulting in a severe amount of personal injury or even death.
The US Department of Labors Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) cites falls as the leading cause of death on construction sites, and in 2011 259 out of 738 workplace fatalities were fall-related. Clearly, falls from ladders and scaffolding are a common occurrence and OSHA is taking steps to educate workers on further precautions and remind them of OSHA regulations. Moving forward, workers must be trained to identify potential hazards and eliminate them before a fall occurs, but on a noisy worksite, miscommunications are bound to happen and mistakes will be made.
If you have been the victim of a fall from a ladder or scaffolding at work, you may be eligible for compensation because of the pain you experienced as a result. Workers compensation laws can be difficult to understand without legal representation and at Phillips Law Group we understand the physical pain, mental anguish and emotional distress you and your family have endured after your accident.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the Free Case Review form on the right side of the page. It is 100% FREE, confidential and without any obligation to proceed.
Common Causes of Falls from Scaffolding and Ladders
There are a number of factors that can cause a worker to fall from a ladder or scaffolding. Construction sites can be inherently dangerous and one misstep or safety oversight can easily cause loss of life or limb.
Some of the most common causes of scaffolding and ladder falls include:
- Improper selection of ladder for the job
- Lack of adequate safety equipment
- Ladder is faulty or in poor condition
- Overreaching when working from ladder
- Poorly erected scaffolding
- Safe position has not been secured before worker steps onto ladder
- Scaffolding erected near power lines or other hazards
- and many others.
Because of the high incidence of workplace falls, OSHA has strict guidelines on every detail involved with the use of ladders and scaffolding, including a step-by-step outline of the body position a worker should take when climbing. However, in many cases there are other factors at play that cause the worker on the ladder or scaffolding to fall, such as faulty equipment or lose soil.
Injuries Associated with Scaffolding and Ladder Falls
Any fall can seriously harm or kill a worker if the circumstances are right, but a fall from a very high place has added danger. The injuries a worker can sustain run the gamut from bumps and bruises to a gruesome death, depending on the height of the ladder or scaffolding, the security of it on the ground and other factors.
Some of the most common injuries attributed to falls from scaffolding and ladders include:
- Broken back
- Crushed or broken bones
- Head trauma
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- to name a few.
The physical condition that the worker was in prior to the fall will also play a role in the types of injuries they sustain, as well as their recovery time. Unfortunately, many of these falls result in death, in which case the workers family will suffer an immense amount of personal loss, financial hardship, and emotional trauma.
If you are suffering the loss of a loved one due to a fall, or if a serious injury resulted in that fall, the compensation that may be due to you could cover the mounting costs of medical bills, rehabilitative services or lost wages from the time the worker was unable to be employed.
Contacting a workers compensation lawyer to help fight for your rights will allow you and your family peace of mind at a time when so much seems frightening and confusing. A skilled litigator can guide you through the process and be the ally you need.
Contact Our Arizona Lawyers Today
Our experienced and dependable legal team understands that falls from scaffolding and ladders can put more than just an emotional strain on a family, and the financial strain it causes can impair that family's ability to continue to live a full and thriving life.
As one of Arizona's largest consumer law firms, the skilled attorneys at Phillips Law Group have the resources and the desire to help the victims of workers compensation claims to receive the maximum benefits due to them.
At Phillips Law Group, we want to help you and your family by assisting you in understanding your rights in cases of workers compensation fall claims.
Phillips Law Group has offices in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, in Salt Lake City, UT and in San Diego, CA. In addition, we are proud to represent clients in the following cities:
- Gilabend, AZ
- Globe, AZ
- Payson, AZ
- Prescott, AZ
- Carlsbad, CA
- Chula Vista, CA
- La Jolla, CA
- Bountiful, UT
- Murray, UT
- Sandy, UT
... and most of the other surrounding towns and areas in each state.
To find out how Phillips Law Group can help you understand your rights, call us nationwide at 1-800-706-3000.
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