Falls Most Common Reason For Fatal Construction Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a roofing contractor for numerous safety violations following a fatal construction accident, according to an August 2nd press release. On April 21, 2016, a 24-year-old worker on the roof of the Watertown (SD) Community Center fell 33 feet to his death.

Almost 4 in 10 Deaths from Falls

OSHA says falls are by far the leading cause of death among U.S. workers. In 2014, the most recent year for which final statistics are available, 39.9 percent of all worker deaths resulted from falls.

According to KSFY News, OSHA now proposes that the roofing contractor pay $77,000 in fines. OSHA says the contractor failed to:

  • Provide a suitable fall protection system
  • Train the worker to operate safely at heights
  • Engage in electrical safe work practices
  • Engage in sufficient chemical hazards practices related to synthetic roofing
  • Failure to have fire extinguishers on-site

Ten Citations Total

Altogether, the contractor received citations for two willful and eight serious violations. Willful violations are serious offenses in which an employer either acted with indifference to employee safety or knowingly failed to comply with a legal safety requirement.

When a worker is a victim in a fall, the state’s workers comp laws provide for various types of compensation. Sometimes, calculations get complex, so an attorney focused on relevant areas of the law is potentially helpful.

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