Personal Injury Lawyer Lawrence Saftler Reacts to the Failure of a Safety Harness Attached to an 11 Year Old Girl in Miami as Reported by the Today Show on May 30, 2012

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The failure of a safety harness, which failed on an 11 year old girl at a rock climbing wall at a Miami baseball game, causing her injury, is commented on by Lawrence Saftler. "The failure of safety harnesses used by construction workers, as well as others, creates legal responsibility for the failure of the safety harness to perform in it's intended function, to protect someone from falling".

Construction and Personal Injury attorney Lawrence B. Saftler reacted to the Today Show report of an 11-year old girl whose harness failed.

As seen and reported on the Today Show (5/30/12) on WNBC in New York, “A day at the ballpark over Memorial Day weekend nearly turned catastrophic for an 11-year-old girl when she plummeted from the top of a climbing wall after her safety harness failed at a Miami Marlins game on Saturday.”

“As her father, Jeff Davis, videotaped her, 11-year old Emily Davis was the first brave child to try to climb the rock wall on Saturday. Suddenly as Davis reached the top of the wall, her safety harness came loose and she fell 18-feet down, landing on her back and hitting her head on the concrete floor.”

“Jeff Davis just hoped his daughter was still alive as he rushed over to feel her pulse. ‘Be alive, be alive, be alive. Anything else we can take care from here. About that time, that's when she first started gurgling and moaning, making these beautiful noises.’’’

“I started coming back down, and the cable snapped and I fell on my back,’’ Emily told NBC News from her hospital bed. Emily was diagnosed with a concussion and serious bruising, but luckily no broken bones or internal organ damage. The accident is under investigation and Davis’s parents told NBC News they are considering legal action. The Marlins said in a statement that they immediately closed the climbing wall after the girl’s fall. The vendor the Marlins hired to operate the rock-climbing wall declined comment, all as reported on the Today Show.

Construction and personal injury lawyer Lawrence Saftler understands and knows of the dangers and importance associated with the safety of harnesses, dealing with construction workers’ injuries due to the failure or inadequacy of these safety harnesses, as it relates to Emily Davis. Mr. Saftler said, “The duty to keep these harnesses in a proper, safe condition is vital to the well-being and safety of those whose lives are at risk and in order to prevent serious injuries or death. These safety harnesses are just as important in the construction world as they are in everyday recreational activities, like here with Emily Davis.” On Ms. Davis’ matter, there is the further issue of who placed her in the harness, who checked it for its dependability, and who made sure it was free of defects as well as whether it wasbeing properly worn.

The Saftler Law Firm, established over 30 years ago, has always been an advocate for personal injury victims injured at worksite and construction sites as well as other injury victims. Always on the side of the injured victim, Mr. Saftler has been the recipient of numerous high settlements, verdicts, and awards, including a ten million dollar verdict for a fall down victim. A past speaker to the New York State Bar Association on construction accidents, Mr. Saftler is a leading advocate in protecting workers in work related accidents with successful results.

New York’s Labor Law section § 23-1.16 describes specific requirements for safety belts, harnesses, tail lines and lifelines.

“While construction work is inherently dangerous, there is no excuse for faulty or inadequate harnesses as devices to protect these workers everyday,” personal injury attorney Lawrence Saftler stated.

Mr. Saftler can be found at his midtown Manhattan office at 275 Madison Ave., New York, New York and can be reached by contacting him at 646-865-0797. His website can provide valuable information about labor law cases handled in the past as well as other areas of personal injury litigation handled by the Saftler Law Firm. Visit the site at


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