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Understanding fall accidents at construction sites

Working in the construction industry means that one gets to help build or repair structures. It also means that these workers are faced with trying tasks that require them to work in challenging and risky situations and environments. While the construction industry is necessary in San Diego and elsewhere, many workers are faced with great dangers in this industry.

One of the most risky features of a career in construction is that fact that many are required to work at great heights. While there area safety equipment to help reduce the risks and safety issues with this, the reality is that falls could still happen. And when a fall accident occurs, the construction worker involved could suffer serious and even fatal injuries.

There are various factors that can lead to a fall from a great height. This includes the activities being carried out by a worker, the individual characteristics of the worker, the site conditions, organizational characteristics, agents, such as scaffolds and ladders and weather conditions. These factors could contribute to a fall from height accident, giving reason to explore the cause and investigate liability in such an accident.

Based on current statistics, fall accidents are the leading cause of serious injured, which amounts to 48 percent. It is also the cause of 30 percent of fatalities. One reason why the rate of injuries and death among construction workers is so high is the fact that they are often required to stay on a site for long hours. This gives them the time to trip, slip or fall at a construction site.

A construction site accident could seriously impact a victim to his or her detriment. This can be overwhelming and stressful, causing one to file for and recover workers' compensation benefits. When applying for there benefits, it is vital to understand the process and what options and rights you have.

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