Elevated work sites are common in New York and nearly all construction sites. When gravity and height are involved, workers are always at risk. Labor laws recognize these hazards, which is why safety codes to protect workers are put in place. Falling from an elevated site could lead to broken bones, head and neck injuries, internal trauma, and more. Workers are already entitled to workers’ compensation for these types of injuries, but unfortunately, that compensation does not always cover the full extent of the injuries.
Typically, when a worker falls from an elevated work site it happens because a safety regulation was not followed. When working at an elevated height, some safety measures include the following:
Fall arrest systems
Additionally, the responsibility falls to the construction company to ensure that all workers receive proper training for using any safety devices found on the construction site. Failing to do so puts everyone on the site at risk.
When you work at an elevated height, you rely on others for your safety. Laws and regulations are put in place specifically to keep you safe while working in these hazardous conditions. If your employer failed to provide the appropriate safety equipment and training, then they may be responsible for any injuries you sustained from the fall. Speak with an experienced and talented professional to learn more about your rights.