A Texas construction worker recently fell to his death off a structure at Splashtown amid preparations to reopen the water park next month. It’s set to open May 4 after renovations are completed. Six Flags, which owns and operates Splashtown, identified the man as an employee of metal fabrication company Trevino Industries.
Workplace Fall Risks
Falls cause more deaths in the construction industry than any other hazard, accounting for one-third of workplace deaths. Workers who are performing jobs six feet or higher off the ground on ladders, scaffolds, and other structures are at an increased risk of falling and sustaining serious injuries. In fact, more than 200 workers die and over 10,000 are seriously injured in workplace falls each year.
Importance of Fall Safety Equipment
These serious injuries and deaths from construction worker falls are preventable when employers implement safety measures, such as providing proper fall protection equipment and providing training on internal workplace safety.
OSHA requires employers to assess the workplace to determine if the walking/working surfaces on which employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to safely support workers. Employees should not be permitted to work on those surfaces until it has been determined the surfaces meet these requirements. Once employers have determined the surface is safe for employees to work on, the employer must provide the appropriate type of fall protection if a fall hazard is present.
In some situations, OSHA specifically details what type of protection the employer provides. In other situations, the regulations require fall protection but leave the type of protection to be used up to the employer. This is because there are several fall protection options that may work better depending on the specific situation.
Types of Workplace Fall Protection
- Aerial lifts
- Floor hole covers
- Industrial safety gates
- Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS)
- Self retracting lifelines
- Safety nets
- Toe boards
Texas Construction Worker Falls Lawyers
If you’ve fallen from a height while on the job, it’s important to contact an experienced trial lawyer. Our law firm is here to help. We can advise you on your legal rights, evaluate your case, and fight for justice. Contact us today to receive a free case evaluation from a seasoned personal injury attorney. Tell us about your case, and we’ll explain your options.