Falling is the leading cause of injury among construction workers in California and across the country. Working high off the ground with little maneuvering room leaves almost no margin for error. Although safety equipment such as harnesses, belts and lanyards may reduce the severity of accidents, they are not always enough to prevent injuries that may result in temporary disability or worse.
One example of this occurred in another state when a worker fell approximately 300 feet from a 15-story building under construction. Witnesses say that the accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. while the man was moving construction materials. Despite the fact that the man was reportedly wearing his harness and that additional safety protocol was in place, the subcontractor fell from the third story of the building.
Emergency medical responders reported that the man suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital, but his condition is unknown. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that the incident is under investigation. It is possible that their investigation may reveal that defective safety equipment contributed to the man's injuries.
A fall from such a height may result in any number of injuries. Most often, California construction workers who fall suffer back or head injuries, and these can lead to long-lasting pain and medical issues. When this happens, workers have access to temporary disability benefits through workers' compensation to help them with medical bills and lost wages. Because claiming these benefits often means dealing with insurance companies that frequently challenge legitimate claims, injured workers may enlist the help of an attorney who will advocate for them.
Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Construction worker falls three stories at Lauderdale condo project", Linda Trischitta, March 31, 2017