A workplace accident is unpredictable and ever-present. The safety precautions in place may not guarantee the safety of an employee from an injury.
Falls may be the most severe and common injury occurring in the workplace. These injuries may be due to unsafe working conditions and not completing a thorough inspection of the company's property.
You may want to consider reporting your company to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA issued a press release after a chain of preventable work- related fall injuries were reported.
Falling from a high distance may cause severe injuries to the neck, back, and spinal cord. A spinal cord injury damages the spinal cord breaking the vertebrae bones that join the bone disk together to makes up the spine. The changes may cause loss of function. It may be best to consult with a physician immediately to avoid the condition from deteriorating.
Here are a few ways you can protect yourself from falling.
- Make sure you know how to properly operate and use equipment correctly.
- Use guard railing systems, and look for signs in hazard zones.
- Be alert for any holes or unstable areas on the floor.
- Follow OSHA's guidelines and learn about unsafe and hazardous environments.
In Pennsylvania, if an employer acknowledges the employee's claim that he or she has suffered an injury due to a fall, then they may be eligible for workers' compensation and health care coverage for a lifetime. If the injury may have caused the employee to become disabled, then they may want to file for a social security disability income (SSDI).
You may want to contact an experienced Pittsburgh workplace compensation attorney who can guide you to get the justice you deserve.