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.
How Common are Falls From Roofs?
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.
Who Is At Risk of Falling Off a Roof?
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:
- Workers employed with roofing contractors
- Residential construction site workers
- Individuals working for establishments that employ 10 or fewer employees
- Hispanic workers
- Foreign-born workers
- Workers in the South.
What Types of Injuries Do Workers Who Fall from a Roof Suffer?
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:
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bone Fractures
- Brain injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussions
- Back and spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Bruises and contusions
- Ankle, foot and knee injuries.
Why Do Roofing Accidents Occur?
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.
How Can a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help With Your Roof Fall Injury?
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.
For More Information
- Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries from Falls in Construction, The Center For Construction Research and Training
- Fatal Falls from Roofs Among U.S. Construction Workers, Journal of Safety Research
- Workplace Falls, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, BLS
- Preventing Fatal Falls in Construction, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
- Regulations: Fall Protection, OSHA