Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Investigating Workplace Ladder Fall Accidents
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 24,000 injuries and as many as 36 fatalities occur each year due to workplace ladder fall accidents and scaffolding collapses. Ladder fall accidents and injuries that involve collapsed scaffolding are primarily seen in the tree service, commercial painting and construction industry.
Falls remain a leading cause of unintentional workplace injury and fatality in the United States. Among painters and construction workers, an estimated 80 percent of fall injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments involve a ladder. Around 43 percent of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder. Many other fall accidents on construction sites involve unsafe or faulty scaffolding.
Because falls are the leading cause of construction site injuries and deaths, OSHA and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have conducted a national campaign to prevent workplace accidents and falls.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati catastrophic injury lawyer who has had success representing victims of construction injuries and ladder fall accidents.
The Lyon Firm works with OSHA officials and construction site design experts to determine whether employer negligence, negligent operational procedures, or defective ladders or scaffolding products caused an injury.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the number of ladder-related injuries in the United States increased by more than 50 percent from 1990 to 2005. Common injuries to construction workers and painters include spinal and brain injury. Bone fractures are the most common type of injury, with legs and feet the most frequently injured body parts. The following factors regularly contribute to ladder fall accidents:
Individual workers using ladders are often unaware of the severe risks. Safety experts say ladders and scaffolding should be treated with the same caution as any dangerous construction tool. Improper ladder training and human error is a leading cause of ladder fall accidents and injury. Only use a ladder in the way the manufacturer intended it to be used for. When working on a ladder, consider the following safety tips:
Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Catastrophic injury lawyer and Ohio employer negligence attorney reviewing ladder fall accidents and scaffolding injuries. If you have questions about the root cause of a construction accident, please call The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403 for a no-obligation confidential consultation.