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Failing fall protection can cause construction workers' accidents

Construction work will always be dangerous, and if safety protocols are not in place, the lives of workers may be put on the line. A large percentage of construction workers' accidents in California involve falls, often with devastating consequences. For this reason, construction company owners must comply with safety regulations related to fall protection.

A workplace accident at a construction site in another state caused injuries to a worker who fell from the second story of an apartment building for seniors. According to an incident report, the worker fell when he tried to get onto a ladder from the steel structure on which he was working. Reportedly, the man was wearing a safety harness that was tethered to a secure point.

The fall protection held the falling worker for the first 10 feet of the fall, but the lanyard malfunctioned, causing him to fall an additional 12 to 15 feet. He was rushed to a hospital, where it was determined that he had broken his nose and fractured some ribs. This man's injuries might have been prevented had the employer made sure that the fall protection was in proper working order.

Victims of California construction workers' accidents may be unprepared for the high costs of medical treatment. Fortunately, medical expenses can be recovered through the workers' compensation insurance system. Along with covering medical bills, the benefits typically include compensation for lost wages. Although the insurance coverage does not provide full income coverage, the amount of compensation is typically tax free and based upon the injured worker's average weekly wage.

Source: nhregister.com, "Construction worker in Seymour recovering after 25-foot fall", Jean Falbo-Sosnovich, April 19, 2016

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