Working with a hoist on a construction site is already an inherently high-risk job, but the task can become especially dangerous if the equipment is not inspected regularly to ensure functionality, if workers are allowed to operate the hoist without the proper qualifications, or if operating procedures and/or safety standards are not observed.
At one point, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) was able to identify upwards of 70 fatalities a year directly related to accidents involving the use of hoists or similar equipment. Construction workers using hoists are also susceptible to falling from significant heights, which is the #1 killer of construction workers in the United States, according to a report from the Center for Construction Research and Training.
In theory, both fatalities and non-fatal injuries are quite preventable if standard procedures and guidelines are followed, but unfortunately, adherence by companies and individuals is not always 100%.
Construction workers who have been the victim of a hoist accident on the job and been seriously injured often find themselves in a desperate situation. Not only must they take the time needed to recover (sometimes with months of painful physical therapy), but they and their family may struggle with a significant loss of wages that threatens their household's financial stability. Commonly, injured workers also find themselves buried by enormous medical bills from serious injuries for which insurance may not cover hospitalization or treatment, including:
- Broken Bones
- Paralysis (sometimes permanent)
- Skull Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injury (sometimes potentially permanent damage)
- Internal Injuries
- …and more.
It is important for an injured worker to seek the help of an educated, experienced lawyer when dealing with the repercussions of a serious hoist accident injury. When facing the numerous legal, financial, and medical difficulties involved, a lawyer can be an excellent resource for advice and navigation through such challenges, and can also professionally represent injured parties in court and on paper when seeking appropriate, deserved compensation beyond the minimums of basic worker’s compensation benefits.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious hoist accident injury, please call 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. Compensation and peace of mind are important after an accident, and attorney Cunningham works had to get you both.
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