Injuries from falls frequently happen at home, in business establishments, restaurants, sidewalks, parking lots, and, of course, in the workplace.
In fact, trips, slips, and falls accounted for 238,610 nonfatal workplace injuries across the U.S. in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS. Common injuries from workplace falls include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Damaged spinal column
- Chronic back pain
- Broken bones
Accidental Workplace Death and Falls From Height
After traffic collisions, falls account for the largest segment of on-the-job fatalities. While most jobs have become safer over the years, as machinery has become less hands-on, safety measures are more strictly enforced, and fewer jobs require manual labor, falls still kill around 800 American workers every year. Workplace falls made up 15.6 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2015, according to the BLS. If you work on scaffolding, on rooftops, or other high scenarios, the risk of falling becomes much greater than other types of jobs, and your employer should take reasonable measures to ensure safety for all. Many employers fail to use safety harness equipment, provide equipment, or provide training,
Death Benefits in Tragic, Fatal Workplace Falls
If a family member has died in a fatal fall accident while on the job, you may file for workers compensation death benefits. Dependents of the deceased workers may be eligible for death benefits, depending on the extent of their dependency, among other factors.
Contact a lawyer as soon as possible is a serious fall occurs at work.