Two construction workers were injured recently at Marist College in New York when they fell from an elevated structure under construction, the Wall Street Journal reported. The news is all too familiar to construction employees, who fall from elevated work surfaces more than workers from any other industry.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration points out that falls account for more deaths on construction sites than any other type of accident. In its 2011 report on worker fatalities, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that falls cause 251 out of 721 deaths in the construction industry, or more than one in three.
Although they are less publicized than fatalities, falls that cause non-fatal injuries are also a serious problem for construction workers. As reported by the National Institutes of Health, construction-related falls left 555,700 people with non-fatal injuries between 1998 and 2005. While younger workers had higher rates of falls, older workers more often suffered serious injuries.
Falls from elevated surfaces may cause immediate and long-term problems, such as:
- Head injuries – Recent studies, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveal that traumatic brain injury can lead to serious long-term health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders.
- Neck injuries – People who suffer from long-lasting neck pain “may have trouble coping with daily life,” according to Cigna.
- Broken bones – Any fall can cause fractures, including a broken nose, arm, wrist, leg and ribs.
Injuries can interfere with regular activities, including work. Lost wages and high medical bills add financial problems to the burden of a physical injury. If you or a family member was injured on a New York construction site, the experienced New York construction accident attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- CDC: What are the Potential Effects of TBI?
- National Institutes of Health