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A construction worker died after a gust of wind blew him off the roof of a building in Turin, New York.
As reported by the Watertown Daily Times (11.20.13), Kyle M. Brown, 23, was carrying roofing material when he fell from a height of 24 feet. He was installing the metal roof with a co-worker at the time of the accident.
He was taken to Upstate Medical University in Syracuse where he was pronounced dead.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) will conduct an accident investigation. It could take up to six months to complete.
One of the top causes of death in the construction industry is falls from an elevation, according to OSHA. Each year, an average of 150 to 200 workers is killed and more than 100,000 are injured after suffering a fall at a construction site.
Construction accident lawyers recognize that fall-related accidents may involve more than one factor. Reasons falls from elevations may occur include poor work practices, poor conditions, or a combination of both. Fall protection on a jobsite is an ongoing process that should start in the planning stage of every project and task.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a national campaign to prevent construction-worker falls on April 26, 2012. The Campaign encouraged everyone in the construction industry to work safely and to use the right equipment to reduce falls.
Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace for employees. To prevent construction site falls, employers should do the following:
Provide the right equipment for working at heights and use the appropriate fall protection systems.
Install safety systems properly.
Mandate the use of safe work procedures.
Provide comprehensive supervision for employees, ensuring that safety rules are being followed.
Train workers to use the safety equipment and to work safely.
An employer can be held legally responsible for unsafe working conditions. If an employee is injured after suffering a fall on a worksite, the employer has breached their duty of care.
Falls from an elevation on a construction site can almost always be prevented.
Two actions are needed to eliminate fall-related injuries for workers working at heights: fall prevention and fall protection.
Should an injury occur, the laws can help an injured construction worker receive monetary compensation that can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering and more! An experienced construction accident lawyer can help identify liable parties for a construction accident, whether the general contractor, subcontractor, or manufacturer of defective equipment is the one to blame. If a construction worker dies on the jobsite, a lawyer can help his or her family get the compensation they deserve.