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OSHA to determine whether safety violation causes scaffold fall

Scaffold structures on construction sites in Ohio and other states must comply with strict federal safety regulations. Even the slightest safety violation can lead to a fall that may cause traumatic injuries or worse. Such a tragedy occurred in another state on a recent Friday.

According to the fire rescue chief, an incident took place on the construction site of a condo project. At approximately 9:30 a.m., a worker fell from the third floor level of a scaffold. The man, who was an employee of a subcontracting company, suffered critical injuries. Emergency workers transported him to a medical facility for treatment.

According to the project's general contractor, the employee wore a fall protection harness, along with other safety gear, when he fell. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the circumstances that led to his fall. The agency will determine whether the scaffold structure was erected in compliance with safety regulations. Furthermore, the investigators will assess the general safety conditions on the construction site to identify violations.

Whenever a worker is injured on a construction site in Ohio, he or she may pursue financial recovery through the workers' compensation insurance program for the state. This is a no-fault system, and even if there was no safety violation, the injured worker might file a benefits claim. To assist with the administrative and legal processes of the claim, the injured victim may seek the help of an experienced workers' comp attorney. Typical coverage is for medical expenses and lost wages, but if traumatic injuries caused permanent disability, additional compensation would be awarded.

Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Construction worker falls three stories at Lauderdale condo project", Linda Trischitta, March 31, 2017

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