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Without benefits, a worksite fall can be a financial downfall

If you work in construction, you know how dangerous this type of job can be. Construction sites can be inherently dangerous places to work, even with years of experience, and workers face a myriad of risks every time they show up at work. Because of this, Kentucky employers bear the responsibility of ensuring that safety measures are in place and job sites are reasonably free from unnecessary hazards.

One of the most common sources of job site injuries for construction workers is due to falls. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration developed a three-step process for employers to implement and enforce safety measures with the intention of reducing the number of falls.

The ways your employer can prevent falls

While it is impossible to guarantee that a fall or other serious accident will not happen on a job site, some steps may significantly reduce the chances that one of these things will happen. Many falls on construction sites occur on ladders, scaffolding and roofs, but there are ways that employers can make work safer for employees. According to OSHA, the following steps can help prevent falls:

  • Carry out the right plans: Planning is a crucial step in reducing the number of falls. Before a job begins, managers and employers should plan how to make the job work and what equipment is necessary to get the job done safely.
  • Provide appropriate equipment: The provision of the right safety equipment is essential to preventing unnecessary workplace accidents. From harnesses to stable scaffolding, the right equipment can drastically reduce falls.
  • Train workers: Sufficient training is essential to promoting safety and reducing falls. Employees should always know how to do their jobs safely and how to appropriately use all safety equipment.

With these three steps, construction workers can enjoy greater safety when working on roofs, with ladders, on scaffolding, near skylights and more.

Protect your rights as a fall victim

Victims of falls on job sites have the right to a full recovery. Workers' compensation benefits may be available to you, which would help you deal with costs related to medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. Regardless of why you fell or the circumstances of your accident, you have the right to seek support.

Securing rightful workers' compensation benefits is not always easy. As soon as possible after a fall or after a job site accident, you would be wise to act quickly to protect your interests, which may include securing guidance for the entire insurance claims process.

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