Falls in the Workplace
Falls in the workplace are all too common. Though they happen in nearly every field some occupations carry a higher risk of falling. Examples of jobs with an elevated risk of falling include:
- Health care workers (orderlies, nurses, janitors and doctors)
- Construction workers
- General laborers
- Grocery store employees
- Waitresses and waiters
According to data collected by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Heath’s National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities Surveillance System falls from an elevation are a leading cause of death among workers. At our Central Connecticut law firm we have heard the following scenarios all too often:
- I fell from a ladder while at work
- I slipped and fell from scaffolding on a construction site
- I stock shelves and fell while accessing a high shelf
- I fell from a chair while attempting to reach for something
These types of falls often lead to injury and death. Depending on the height of the drop common injuries sustained during a fall include:
- Broken tailbone, wrist or arm
- Traumatic brain injury (concussion or brain bleed)
- Spinal cord injury
- Sprained or strained wrist, neck or back
The Center for Disease Control’s NIOSH is an excellent source of information about on the job falls. The following links will take you to useful portions of their website:
- State based reports– Reports of deaths caused by falls from a height are listed here. The incidents are listed by state and include the occupation of the worker and cause of death.
- In-house case reports: Deadly fall reports on this page are listed by date. At this time the most recent report listed was of a seventeen year old female laborer who lost her life when she fell from a roof in Connecticut.
- NIOSH publications on falls– Topics here include slip and drop prevention programs, precautions against falls on the job and a summary of worker deaths by falls.
The Central Connecticut attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the information provided on this page helps you learn more about the dangers of falls at work. If you were hurt while on the job remember that you have the right to file for workers compensation. You should never feel pressured to ignore an injury or not file an accident report. If you have any questions about your rights as a worker in Connecticut please contact your CT
personal injury attorney today for your free consultation.
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