Fall-related injuries are among the most serious that construction workers can be faced with. Such injuries usually affect more than one part of the body, and they can lead to a temporary or permanent disability. Workers may be unable to return to work, at least in the same capacity, and employers may experience a drop in productivity. Construction site owners in Tennessee should know what they can do to prevent falls, then.
One good step to take is to host a stand-down. OSHA sponsors a nationwide Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction every year, and employers could consider participate in this. During a stand-down, workers get together to talk safety with their employer. Employers may conduct a safety assessment and reveal hazards that were overlooked up until then, and they could take the time to provide some more in-depth training.
Training should cover the use and inspection of elevated work platforms like scaffolding and scissor lifts. Guardrails should be around the platforms, and the workers should be equipped with the right protective gear. They should use a rope and pulley system, or a block and tackle, to lift materials up. When possible, workers should use these platforms rather than ladders. Podium stepladders are safer than the standard A-frame ladder.
Those who suffer a work-related injury or illness can receive workers’ compensation benefits from their employer’s insurance provider, but the process can be complicated. Things may go more smoothly with a lawyer, so victims may schedule a case evaluation. The lawyer may help them file their claim, and if the employer chooses to deny benefits, the lawyer may assist with an appeal.