Construction workers know that most job-related falls are preventable. Yet, according to national statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 350 construction workers die every year from unprotected falls. These fall-related fatalities represent 40 % of all construction-related deaths. Thousands more are injured in unprotected falls each and every year. If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall at a construction site, it is likely that a government safety regulation was violated. The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act [WISHA] has comprehensive fall protection safety standards that all contractors are required to follow. When a contractor negligently fails to follow or enforce WISHA safety rules, the injured construction worker may have a third party claim against the negligent contractor.Failure to follow safety regulations is the number one cause of falls
Failure to follow government safety regulations related to fall protection is the number one safety violation for which construction contractors are cited each and every year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The following are a just few of the most important construction site safety rules that are supposed to prevent injury and death from falls:
- at construction sites all floor openings and wall openings are to be covered or guarded at all times;
- at construction sites all ladders are to be in good repair and secured to prevent movement;
- at construction sites all scaffolding components are to be tightly fastened together and all openings are to be protected by railings; and
- at construction sites all workers who must otherwise be exposed to an unprotected fall hazard of 10 feet or more must be provided with and required to wear a safety harness and line, and the line must be firmly tied off to an anchor point so that any inadvertent fall is arrested.
Falls often cause crippling injuries, wage loss, and pain that workers’ compensation benefits paid by the Department of Labor and Industries do not even begin to cover. Just as construction workers are supposed to follow the rules and do a good job, the contractors are supposed to follow the safety rules and do a good job of enforcing those rules. Likewise, construction injury lawyers need to know the safety rules and do a good job of making sure that those who ignored the safety rules and caused a devastating fall injury are held accountable to the injured worker.Not all lawyers are equal when it comes to construction personal injury law
The attorneys at Kraft Palmer Davies don’t need on the job training. We know how to build a strong case. When your rights are at stake, you should hire a journeyman and not an apprentice, since you will be paying the same contingent fee to any personal injury lawyer you hire, whether experienced or not. At Kraft Palmer Davies we know how to properly investigate and aggressively litigate fall injury claims to maximize the financial recoveries that our injured construction worker clients need.
Over the decades that we have practiced law together, the attorneys at Kraft Palmer Davies have successfully won large settlements and verdicts for construction workers who were injured in falls in from or through the following:
- floor openings;
- wall openings; and
- open walkways and platforms without railings
We are a Seattle-based law firm, but we represent injured workers from all over the state, in every county and federal court in Washington. If you hire Kraft Palmer Davies, you will pay us no fee unless we win financial compensation for you!Call now for a free, no obligation consultation with an experienced lawyer
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