Top 4 Most Common Causes of Fall InjuriesBy Stewart J. Guss on March 1st, 2016
Attorney Stewart Guss understands that being involved in a construction accident can be devastating. And while injuries resulting from falls can vary in severity, here are four of the most common hazards that cause fall injuries at construction sites:
Ladder Misuse: To avoid injuries resulting from ladder misuse, ladders should be placed on sturdy supports and extend at least three feet above the landing. Prior to using a ladder, it should be inspected in case there are cracked, loose, or broken parts. Under many circumstances, ladder use requires a second employee to assist in securing the ladder and the safety of the worker on the ladder. This is rarely done on construction sites and usually presents a clear violation of safety standards.
Poor scaffold construction: Guardrails should be used at all times where there are open sides and ends of platforms. Furthermore, it is critical that scaffolds are constructed according to the manufacturer’s directions to make sure that they are safe and stable for workers to use. Attorney Stewart Guss has handled many scaffolding failure cases and can personally attest to the fact that scaffolding is improperly constructed more often than not.
Unprotected sides, wall openings, and floor holes: While some of these hazards are unavoidable during construction, employers should use protective devices such as guardrails and safety nets to ensure worker safety.
Unguarded protruding steel rebar: Guards should be selected carefully and used at all times to ensure that workers are adequately protected.
In the event that you encounter any of these hazards while working on a construction site and are injured, consulting with an experienced construction accident attorney can help you determine the benefits you are entitled to and the best way to get them.
When other Houston construction accident lawyers are giving up, Stewart is usually just getting started. Do not sign anything until you speak with us because you risk losing some or all of the compensation that is due to you. Stewart Guss will do whatever it takes to get you fully compensated for your injuries, and he takes pride in treating his clients like family. Pick up the phone and call 713-766-5883 to talk to us about your construction accident. Remember, your consultation is FREE, and you pay NOTHING until we win your case.