Workplace Fall Hazards injure Hundreds of Workers Every Year

by William J. “Will” Maiberger, Jr. on 02/25/2013

Every year, hundreds of Texas workers are injured in accidents caused when they slip and fall in the workplace, or fall through a roof opening, an opening in a wall and other dangerous hazards on a worksite.  Recently, a Texas contractor suffered fatal injuries when he fell through an opening in the roof. 

The 19-year-old man was performing a pressure wash of a roof in Galveston, when he stepped on a panel which gave way.  He fell approximately 60 feet, and suffered serious injuries.  According to emergency medical personnel at the scene, he struck his head on a table as he fell to the floor.  He was rushed to the hospital, but died later.

It's not clear what kind of safety precautions were in place in this case to prevent a tragedy like this.  For instance, a 60-foot fall is a steep height, but there is no information about whether the worker was wearing any kind of personal protection gear at the time.  A fall like this could have been avoided if the roof had been inspected, and determined to be safe for the young worker.  The presence of unsafe and loose panels could have been identified through a prior inspection.

Unfortunately, Texas workplace injury lawyers find that fall hazards continue to remain one of the biggest killers in the American workplace, killing hundreds and injuring thousands of workers across the country every year.  Workers may slip on greasy surfaces, or trip on tools, equipment and loose wires left lying around the workplace.  They can fall through openings in the floor of the roof, if there are no warning signs posted around these openings.  They can also fall down unfit, unstable and defective staircases, resulting in serious and debilitating injuries.  The increasing number of workers being injured in fall accidents in the American workplace is one of the reasons why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has turned its attention to fall prevention this year.

Tags: Workplace Injury, Texas, OSHA

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