FALL PROTECTION VIOLATIONS


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Construction site falls are among the most common causes of severe work-related injuries and deaths. Fall protection violations are also among the most cited safety violations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) each year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hundreds of workers die each year as a result of falls at construction sites. Fall injuries can be prevented if management and contractors take the necessary precautions and provide a safe work environment.

Construction sites are notoriously dangerous workplaces, and workers face a number of safety hazards on a daily basis. Employers have a duty and a legal responsibility to follow basic OSHA guidelines for constructing and maintaining fall protection on stairways, ladders, scaffolding and elevated platforms.

OSHA encourages employers to guard holes in flooring, secure handrails, provide guardrails and toe boards, provide safety harnesses and line, safety nets, and stair railings. Workers should be trained on each work site, and floors in work areas should be clean and relatively clutter-free.

Joe Lyon is an experienced OSHA Attorney and fall protection violations Lawyer investigating scaffolding and Ladder Fall Accidents for injured plaintiffs nationwide.


Scaffolding & Ladder Fall Protection Standards


Fall protection is not required for portable ladder use in general industry or construction work, but fixed ladders require more attention. Fall protection systems can be simple or complex, though in the end they need to protect workers from potential fall accidents.

High traffic areas on platforms and work spaces should be kept cleaned and free from slippery spots, tools and debris. Slip hazards are easily identified and employers must address such issues in a prompt manner. Textured, serrated or punched surfaces and steel or metal grating can help workers keep their footing, as can providing proper footwear.

There are many types of fall prevention systems that can help reduce the number of accidents, including guardrails, top rails, mid rails, hand rails, and toe boards. When fall prevention systems can’t be used, employers should provide personal fall arrest equipment like lanyards, harnesses and anchoring devices that reduce the chance of injury or death.

Roofing Fall Injuries account for about a third of all construction fall fatalities.


Fall Protection Violations Lawyer & Settlements


The threshold for fall protection requirements on construction sites is 6 feet. If an employee is working on a scaffold, the fall protection height requirement is 10 feet. Employers must select fall systems and equipment appropriate for each situation, including ramps, runways and other walkways. If an injury occurs as a result of fall protection violations, contact a workplace injury lawyer and you may be able to recover costs related to the accident.

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Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.

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Questions about Industrial Accident Cases

What are the types of Industrial Accident Cases?

Equipment rollovers and falls are the main causes of injury and death in industry. For workers on foot, being struck by heavy equipment or trucks are major causes of death.

Vehicle and forklift overturns are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities. Each year in the United States, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents.

Falls on the job are no less fatal. In the United States each year, over 500 workers die as a result of falls from elevations.

Other preventable events include the following:

What is an Arc Flash Injury?

Arc flash accidents are an electrical occurrence when an electrical current deviates from its designated path and travels to another conductor. If a worker is hit by an arc flash or is even near one, they are likely to suffer severe electrical injury.

Anything from dropping a tool to faulty wiring can cause an arc flash accident. Poorly maintained materials or electrical systems can lead to arc flash incidents. An electric shock, burns, fires and damage is likely following an arc flash. Employers are urged to protect workers from arc flash injury, with the following prevention methods:

  • De-energize electrical circuits while working
  • Use proper insulation and guarding
  • Provide workers with work barricades
  • Install adequate ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Provide workers with personal safety equipment
  • Place warning labels regarding arc flash hazards
Can product liability be included in industrial accident litigation?

Each year, industrial accidents generate millions in settlements and verdicts for victims. Product liability issues cannot be discounted. In many past incidents, industrial equipment has been found to be inherently flawed. If machinery is found to have a faulty design or missing safety components, victims and their attorneys can file suit against large industrial manufacturers.

The legal options will depend on what caused the industrial accident and injury. Industrial accident injuries are usually permanent and should be addressed by a lawyer qualified in complex personal injury matters. Mr. Lyon has successfully litigated numerous industrial injury cases and obtained settlements for workers, over and beyond their workers comp.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Industrial Accident Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Industrial accident lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

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