Workers in Miami, FL are often required to perform work at elevated workstations or on overhead platforms which puts them at a heightened risk of falling. And because falls are one of the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths, employers must set up their employee’s workspace in a way that prevents them from falling when they are working off the ground or near large holes in the floor or the walls [Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)]. In fact, OSHA requires “that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry, and eight feet in longshoring operations.”
OSHA also requires employers to provide fall protection when employees will be “working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance.”
Safety Measures Miami Employers Can Take to Reduce Falls
If you work in an industry where you are often required to perform work from an elevated area and are wondering what sort of precautions your employer should be taking to prevent you from falling, here are a few safety tips OSHA says employers must be implementing:
- “Guard every floor hole into which a worker can accidentally walk.” This can be done by “using a railing and toe-board or a floor hole cover.”
- Ensure guard rails and toe-boards are provided “around every elevated open sided platform, floor, or runway.”
- No matter what height an employee is required to work from, if there is a possibility that they could fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment, employers are expected to “provide guardrails and toe-boards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.”
- Depending on the type of job that is being performed, a worker may also need to be provided with a safety harness and line, safety nets, stair railings and handrails, etc.
OSHA also requires employers to provide them with working conditions that are “free from known dangers” and should train workers about on-the-job hazards in a way they can understand.
Did you fall at work and suffer injuries?
If your employer failed to provide you with the proper safety equipment or allowed you to work under hazardous conditions that led to you falling, you are encouraged to contact Mario Trespalacios P.A. to discuss the incident with a Miami, FL work injury attorney. Under most circumstances, you may be entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits which can help you to afford to take the time you need away from work while you recover. In the event you are not eligible to collect workers’ comp, the Miami, FL work injury lawyers at Mario Trespalacios P.A. can then decide what other course of action needs to be taken to ensure you are properly compensated for the incident that has left you injured.
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