Charleston Workplace Injury Lawyers Get Behind Campaign to Stop Construction Site Falls

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Falls are a leading cause of construction site fatalities, but coordinated safety efforts can prevent them in South Carolina and across the U.S., says Joye Law Firm’s Ken Harrell.

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Charleston workplace injury lawyer Ken Harrell

What is most disturbing about falls at construction sites is that virtually all of them could have been prevented if the employers provided workers with proper training and safety equipment.

With the construction season under way in South Carolina, the Charleston workplace injury lawyers at Joye Law Firm are joining the call to raise awareness about the threat of job site falls and ways to prevent them.

“Falls are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and deaths at construction sites in South Carolina and across the country,” said Charleston workers’ compensation lawyer Ken Harrell, the managing partner of Joye Law Firm. “That’s why we support the recently launched Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction and its efforts to reduce the risk of fall injuries and deaths at construction sites.”

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis unveiled the fall prevention campaign during a speech late last month on Workers Memorial Day – an event that commemorates people who lost their lives on the job, according to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) news release.

Several organizations are behind the effort, including OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR).

The fall prevention campaign is focusing on residential and other smaller construction sites, where safety measures are often less prevalent and projects are frequently completed before OSHA has a chance to inspect the site.

Harrell said many Charleston-area construction sites may fall into this category as South Carolina’s Lowcountry region continues to see steady growth in new businesses and homes.

The Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction is emphasizing three key messages in its effort to reduce injuries and deaths from falls at construction sites:

  •     Contractors and workers can plan together, before every job, to work safely at heights.
  •     Contractors must provide the right equipment for working at heights, and workers need to use that equipment.
  •     Contractors and workers need to be trained to use the equipment and to work safely.

Harrell, the Charleston workplace injury lawyer, said his practice has time and again shown him the tragic results of falls at construction sites and other workplaces in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and elsewhere around the state.

“What is most disturbing about falls at construction sites is that virtually all of them could have been prevented if the employers provided workers with proper training and safety equipment,” he said. “I hope this fall safety campaign will push South Carolina contractors and building companies to put workers’ safety first. I can think of three workers we’re representing right now who sustained life-altering brain injuries as the result of a fall on a construction site.”

Harrell said that Joye Law Firm is proud to stand up for the rights of all injured workers, whether they work in construction or other fields. He encouraged anyone who has been hurt at work to get help from an experienced workplace injury attorney.

“An attorney can help an injured worker to secure the compensation and benefits they deserve from South Carolina workers’ compensation programs, potential third-party injury lawsuits and any other available sources,” he said.

About Joye Law Firm

Since 1968, Joye Law Firm has aggressively represented injured and ill workers, including private sector and public sector employees, throughout South Carolina. The firm’s practice areas include workers’ compensation, Social Security disability and a variety of personal injury claims, including car accidents, birth injury, brain injury, defective products, drug injury, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, spinal cord injury, truck accidents and wrongful death. The Joye Law Firm has offices in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, and its dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to travel anywhere in South Carolina, including North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Moncks Corner to assist injured workers. To learn more, contact the firm by calling (888) 324-3100 or filling out its online form.

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