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The role of training in preventing construction fall injuries

Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers throughout North Carolina and the rest of the country. In fact, federal figures estimate that falls account for one-third of construction fatalities. Safety advocates say that training and education are key to preventing construction-related falls.

To this end, the Center for Construction Research and Training along with OSHA and other construction entities are encouraging construction workers across the United States to use some time between May 7 and May 11 to stand down and discuss safety issues associated with falls. The May dates correspond with the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction event. While there are no strict guidelines on how falls should be discussed during the national stand-down, options include videos, toolbox talks and demonstrations.

The event, which is in its fifth year, has previously resulted in millions of construction workers around the country and around the world taking a break from their work-related activities to discuss safety issues. This form of training has been enacted by large and small companies. The deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Construction said that the event has proven to be successful in the past.

If a person is injured during a fall while working on a construction site, they may benefit from the experience of an attorney. Legal counsel could file a workers' compensation claim on behalf of their client. Such a claim could be viable even if the employer was not at fault. If the claim is denied, the lawyer could assist with the appeals process. Ultimately, compensation could cover medical costs and lost wages.

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