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Injuries from falls continue to plague construction industry

Working at significant heights above ground can be an understandably daunting task. Many North Carolina construction workers face this type of reality every day, and as such they rely heavily on safety standards to prevent devastating falls. Sadly, some workers are not able to count on their employers to protect their safety, leading to serious injuries or even worse.

Falls from scaffolding, tall pieces of equipment and other elevated work surfaces are the number one cause of death in the construction industry. Every day, construction workers must put their lives on the line to help contribute to growing and expanding communities as they develop. Despite the well-known risks and safety standards to prevent such falls, at least one out-of-state company does not appear to be taking the problem all that seriously.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration -- OSHA -- recently issued four citations against the construction company after an area compliance officer witnessed workers on a rooftop without any type of safety equipment. The company stands to face fines of approximately $51,000, and that's on top of $60,000 it forked over in the past for other citations. Since 2009, the company has failed eight different safety inspections. A representative from the agency voiced his concern over the company's continual lack of concern for safety that, in his opinion, will one day lead to a worker's death.

Fall-related injuries continue to plague the construction industry because of serially negligent employers. Until such a time when all employers in North Carolina begin to put their workers' safety above profits, injured victims must still contend with the financial aftermath of construction accidents. For most, this means filing for workers' compensation benefits that can help address medical bills and lost wages.

Source: njbiz.com, "OSHA cites Elizabeth roofing company over alleged lack of fall protection", Eric Strauss, May 6, 2016

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