Fall Injuries in the Workplace

Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 605 workers were killed by falling to the same or lower level in 2009—with an additional 212,760 workers being seriously injured for the same reason. The fact remains that falls are one of the most common causes of work-related injuries and fatalities in the U.S., regardless of the trade. It is also true, however, that those who are employed in the construction industry are subjected to a higher risk of injury. According to recent reports, the highest frequency of fall-related deaths was experienced in the field of construction, while health services and wholesale / retail industries typically experience the highest counts of nonfatal fall injuries.

New York State and federal regulations have concurrently provided recommendations for fall prevention, but it still remains that a substantial number of workers, and their employers, continue to neglect safe practices. This is one of the reasons that so many people are subjected to hazardous work environments on a daily basis. Circumstances associated with work-related fall accidents often include unstable walking surfaces, slippery and/or cluttered walkways, unmarked floor holes and wall openings, improper ladder use and neglected fall protection. By taking measures to implement proper safety practices, a substantial number of fall accidents can be prevented each year.

Aside from the obvious downside of suffering a fall-related injury, it can also pose a considerable financial burden on the victim and their family. Since workers' compensation benefits may not reimburse the victim for all of their medical expenses and/or lost wages, an injury can quickly plunge a family into financial turmoil. For this reason, the legal team at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP encourages you to stay safe while on the job—regardless of what your daily responsibilities may include. If you have questions about what you can do to recover compensation after an accident, we ask you to give us a call today at (646) 461-4009 for a free initial consultation.