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Fall accidents are a serious concern for construction workers


Fall accidents are a leading cause of workers' compensation claims in North Carolina. According to the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration, it is estimated that each year 10 percent of construction workers are injured in fall-related accidents. Construction workers injure themselves in falls from roofs, walls, raised work platforms and in other types of falls in an average year.

Workplace fall accidents can result in immediate injuries such as broken bones, however, fall accidents can also result in serious injuries that are fully realized moving forward and present future consequences and challenges such as a cracked vertebrae, a brain injury or a torn ligament. Unfortunately, in addition to fall injuries, fall accidents can also result in construction worker deaths.

Workplace fall accidents can occur in a number of different ways and can result from negligence, or carelessness, attributed to a property owner, the manufacturer of a product or the misconduct of another worker at the construction site. Constructions sites typically have many parties present at them, including contractors, subcontractors and workers, among others.

There are different legal options available to injured workers and their families depending on the circumstances; the options available to them can include workers' compensation or third-party personal injury claims. An on-the-job accident can present many personal challenges for an injured worker and the worker's family, including lost wages, medical expenses and physical and emotional challenges. It is important for workers and their families to keep in mind that different resources are available to help them when harmed in a workplace accident.

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