North Carolina construction workers face a lot of potential fall risks. After all, employees in the construction industry often work in open areas and at heights, including on roofs, scaffolds and ladders. Since construction work can be dangerous even when federal safety regulations are followed, the risks are particularly high in workplaces that fail to live up to safety standards.
The National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a fact sheet that aims to prevent construction accidents, especially falls from high work locations. Every year, more construction workers are killed in falls than in any other type of workplace accident. There are over 310 deadly falls annually as well as 10,350 serious injuries related to falls on the job. Most of the falls from heights in the workplace happen in the construction industry, including 86% of falls from scaffolds, 81% of falls from roofs and 57% of falls from ladders.
The fact sheet emphasizes the importance of workplace safety standards, including the use of protective equipment and a fall protection program on the job. Using the right anchorage can help fall arrest systems to provide greater protection. It's also important to keep an eye on weather conditions to make quick changes. When ladders are being used, care should be taken not to overload the ladder. Furthermore, it should be used properly, starting from flat, level ground. In addition, scaffolds must be properly constructed in line with OSHA standards.
A construction worker who has been injured on the job can face an array of long-term health issues. However, a lawyer can help an employee suffering from construction site injuries to protect their rights and obtain workers' compensation.