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Falling in the workplace can be deadly


Falling in the workplace can be deadly

The adage, ‘Watch where you’re going” certainly applies to all South Carolina workers, especially those who may be employed in the construction trades. Workers who don’t pay attention to where they’re going could end up dead as a result of a slip, fall or trip.

Falling can be especially hazardous to one’s health. In 2014, 660 workers died from falling from above and another 138 died from a fall on the same level, according to the 2017 edition of Injury Facts from the National Safety Council. Even if they’re working in familiar surroundings, workers need to be aware they could slip, trip or fall at any time if they do not pay attention to where they’re going.

Construction workers are more prone to falls from heights, in 2016, 370 of 991 construction fatalities were workers who fell from above. To prevent workplace accidents such as these, workers should have a fall prevention plan in place and make sure fall prevention systems, such as guardrails are on site. They also should wear protective equipment and always ensure ladders are on a firm base. Workers at any level need to avoid distractions, such as using a cell phone, and clean up any spills immediately.

Workers who are injured on the job in South Carolina may be eligible for worker’s compensation claims. Benefits can include replacement of lost wages if the person cannot work, medical expenses and retraining if the worker cannot return to their pre-injury position. If a worker dies as a result of their injury, death benefits may be available and surviving family members might be eligible for income replacement benefits.