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Falls from roofs are a serious problem in the construction industry. Even though the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has set standards to protect workers from roof falls, they often are not enforced.
Any worker who is injured on the job due to a fall from a roof should be eligible to receive medical and lost wage benefits through their workers’ compensation. The dependent family members of workers who die after falling from a roof may also be owed Florida workers’ compensation benefits.
Frank M. Eidson is an experienced lawyer and lifelong resident of Orlando. His firm serves injured workers and their families throughout central Florida. To learn how he can assist you, contact us today by phone or through our online form.
Falls from a roof are primarily a problem in the construction trades. In fact, these types of falls accounted for nearly a one-third of all construction industry deaths.
Among the top 10 disabling work injuries identified in the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, “falls to a lower level” ranked No. 4.
A study in the Journal of Safety Research discovered that the following types of workers are disproportionately at risk of suffering a fatal fall from a roof while on the job:
Fatal falls most often occur from heights. This explains why falls from roofs are particularly deadly. Workers who manage to survive roof falls may still have serious injuries, including the following:
When proper safety gear is used on a low slope or steep roof, a worker who slips or trips should be prevented from falling to the ground below.
However, accidents often occur because workers are not provided with guardrail systems with toeboards, safety net systems or personal fall arrest systems.
In any Florida workers’ compensation claim, there is extensive paperwork that must be filled out in a timely and correct manner. A claim could also be unjustly denied or delayed.
A workers’ compensation attorney can ensure that your paperwork is properly completed and that all deadlines are met. The lawyer can also fight for you if your claim is rejected.
Learn more by calling Frank M. Eidson, P.A., today or submitting our online form. You will speak directly with an attorney who will review your case free of charge and explain your rights and options. Our firm proudly serves Orlando, Winter Park and central Florida.
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