Understanding the Causes of Workplace Accidents
Scott Monge of Monge & Associates explains that understanding the causes of workplace accidents is the first step toward prevention. Falling, for example, is one of the leading sources of worker injuries in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1 in 10 workplace accidents between 1980 and 1985 involved falls. During that period, falls were the leading cause of occupational death. In 2012, falls were still the leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 34.6 percent of all fatal accidents.
If you’ve fallen on the job and sustained serious injuries, the lawyers at Scott Monge & Associates in Atlanta can help you file for the compensation you need to stay afloat while recovering from injuries. There are many pitfalls in the application process that can lead to delayed benefits and denied claims. At Monge & Associates, we have the expertise and experience necessary to guide you through the system and help you avoid those common mistakes.
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Scott Monge or another workers’ comp lawyer from Monge and Associates, please call (800) 860-8021.
1. Worker Falls Four Stories on Construction Site
There are many ways a worker can fall while working in construction, and one of the more common causes involves falling through an unfinished hole in the structure. This is what happened in a recent incident at a construction site for a new apartment building. The Missoulian reports a 20-year-old worker accidentally removed a piece of the floor on which he was standing, and he fell through the opening. He fell 40 feet and landed on his feet.
Amazingly, the worker only suffered an injury to his kneecap and left the hospital the same day. Of course, he may be away from work for some time because he won’t be able to lift heavy objects or climb stairs while recovering from a dislocated knee.
2. Three Workers Hurt Falling From Cell Tower
Enid News reports an electrical worker lost consciousness while laboring at 120 feet. Fortunately, his harness held.
A coworker climbed up the tower to rescue the man, but something went wrong; they fell approximately 100 feet before their harnesses stopped their descents. Onlookers called for help.
Firefighters arrived just in time to see the two men fall onto a third worker. The three became tangled and crashed against the cellphone tower. It took rescue crews 45 minutes to reach the men and pull them to safety.
One of the workers was treated for minor injuries, but the other two suffered life-threatening injuries. Rescuers say one of the workers suffered a gash and lost a significant amount of blood.If you need help filing a workers’ compensation claim, consider contacting Scott Monge from Monge & Associates. Mr. Monge has been practicing law for 20 years, and he built his law firm around the idea that clients should receive personal attention and reliable legal advice. To speak with a worker’s comp lawyer, call us at (800) 860-8021.