Every workplace has its share of risks and hazards, and construction sites are no exception. Some of the leading causes of injuries and death in construction sites are trips, slips and falls. A fall from any height can have devastating consequences.
If you trip, slip and fall at a construction site, you may be eligible for damages through your employer-sponsored workers’ compensation program. Yet, it is ideal when workers are properly safeguarded from the risk of tripping, slipping and falling in the first place.
Most injuries at construction sites are preventable if an employer adopts proper safety procedures and provides workers with the right equipment and training. These are just some of the reasons construction fall accidents happen as a result of employer negligence, inherent risk and a whole host of “grey area” factors.
Unprotected openings and edges
Pretty much every construction site has holes in the walls, floors or edges. Left unprotected or without adequate guardrails or safety nets, these openings can pose serious threats of falling for construction workers.
Improper use of ladders
Portable ladders are a common sight in construction areas. It is crucial that these pieces of equipment are properly positioned each time they are in use. Alongside improper positioning, other factors that can lead to falls from ladders include overreaching and slipping on faulty rungs.
Scaffolds are crucial for most construction jobs. Unstable scaffolds can lead to falls when they lack guardrails. Insufficient training on scaffold use can also result in an injurious fall.
Protecting your rights
A fall from any level can result in life-altering injuries. However, you do not have to bear the burden of the resulting medical bills and other losses alone if you have been hurt while working at a construction site. Learning more about Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws can help you protect your rights and interests while pursuing benefits with the assistance of a legal professional following a fall at work.