When I meet with my clients who sustained injuries from a fall at a construction site, I am sometimes shocked to find out that a fall protection system did not exist.
For example, I had a case one time where a young roofer was catastrophically injured when he fell from a roof. He was 19 years old at the time of the accident. I asked him if there was some type of fall protection system, such as a guardrail, safety net, or a warning line, and he shook his head "no".
He then asked me, "What is a fall protection system?" Needless to say, I was speechless when he asked me that question.
Though it is the employer's duty to install fall protection systems for construction workers to reduce risk of injuries, it is also important for the construction worker to know what protections need to be provided by the employer.
In the case of my client, he was young and just knew what to do as a roofer. However, he had no idea that fall protection systems also needed to be installed to protect him from risk of injuries.
Access our legal article for more information about the different types of fall protection systems.
If you or a loved one was injured at a construction site due to improper erection of a fall protection system or a lack of one, it is important to discuss your case with qualified Pennsylvania and New Jersey construction accident lawyers. Call 877.944.8396 for a free, no obligation consultation.
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