Falls of Heights
The falls of heights are the most dangerous substances in the construction sites is falls. These can occur with heights ranging from a few steps on a ladder to a long fall of a beam or ledge. As the heights increase, so do the dangers – and exponentially. However, even a fall of a few feet can cause significant injuries. It is then that a victim has to call a fall injury lawyer in New York.
There may be no way to avoid injury from falls completely. The very nature of work on top of tall buildings, or from the top of a scaffold, is conducive to danger. Sometimes, the team that has been working on the malfunction of orders without prior notice. In other cases, the habit can cause a worker to be used to ensure so stays or ropes that he forgets to do so only at once.
When an accident occurs, the injuries can be devastating. A worker whose ladder sinks from him can fall to the ground and injure his head. In fact, head and brain injury is not uncommon. Bone fractures are almost a fact. In fact, a fall of any significant height can lead to crushed legs and arms, and internal organs, even crushed. Spinal injuries can leave a worker in a wheelchair and unable to follow their livelihood. And if the fall is from a high beam or a ledge in the air, the result is almost certainly a death.
Despite cords, ropes, stays, belts, harnessesand other equipment designed to keep workers from injury, the common nature of falls suggests that other factors are involved. The inclement weather can make a beam spot or outgoing. The wind can throw a worker – or scaffolding – out of balance. The extreme heat of summer can make a worker dizzy and dehydrated. Too often, however, injuries occur due to lack of care. A career to finish a job can direct workers, and even contractors, to cut corners. Inspections of equipment can be disregarded. As workers hurry, they can forget to latch onto the harnesses correctly.
Who is responsible?
Section 240 of the New York State Laws covers liability issues in accidents due to falls in construction, demolition and other types of activities. Generally speaking, the contractor, building administrator or property owner carries the burden of responsibility to ensure that the workplace is safe, and that employees practice safe work habits. After all, a fall victim may be able to receive compensation for his injuries, but he is the one who ultimately has to suffer pain and debilitation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York personal injury accident, experienced personal injury lawyers in Kenneth A. Wilhelm’s legal office can help you better understand your rights and legal options. Please contact us at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5486) for a free and complete consultation. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 states of the United States, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.