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Mitigating the risks of falls from heights at work

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

There may be a multitude of individuals who operate in fields that require them to work at heights. While this might prove an integral component of everyday operations, such endeavors can also carry a certain level of risk. As workplace accidents involving falls from heights can have disastrous results, finding ways to mitigate similar safety risks could prove integral to protecting the well-being of workers in North Carolina. 

Fall prevention 

Fall prevention may prove an essential topic in a variety of professions, as even a fall from a lesser distance could carry disastrous ramifications. Tasks that require workers to operate from heights may range anywhere from duties performed on elevated platforms to tasks using aerial lifts or suspended apparatuses. Identifying all fall risks could prove integral to implementing techniques to help stem the tide of similar incidents. 

Examples of measures to improve fall prevention could include installing containment systems such as rails and safety nets. Surface openings at heights can also pose a threat to worker safety and covering openings or placing rails around similar obstacles could prove vital. Training workers on the safe use of equipment such as lifts and safety gear such as harnesses could also be integral to reducing the risks of falls from heights. 

After a fall 

Workplace accidents involving falls from heights run the risk of leaving a worker with severe or even permanent injuries. Individuals who suffer serious harm in a work-related incident may face numerous challenges in life and they might have questions about their available options for financial aid while they prepare to enter the recovery period. When facing a similar circumstance, a person might benefit from speaking with an attorney for guidance on all his or her options and assistance in navigating every step of the subsequent process.