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Dangers of workplace falls for Virginia workers

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2015 | Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one is never easy. Not only do people feel the emotional pain of their loved one’s absence, but often a person’s death can also result in serious financial consequences for those who remain. When a loved one’s death is caused by the negligence of another person, the death can be even more painful. This is because the death could have been avoided if more care had been used. In these cases, surviving family members are unexpectedly left to deal with the financial and emotional fallout caused by the serious accident.

While car accidents may come to mind when people think about an unexpected passing, a wrongful death can occur in many situations. Often, for example, these unexpected incidences occur as a result of a workplace accident.

Fatal workplace accidents can occur for any number of reasons. However, falls are one of the most likely reasons why an individuals are seriously injured at work. According to some statistics, falls make up 15 percent of all accidental deaths. They are also the most frequently reported injuries for workers. To prevent such serious accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has adopted many regulations to prevent workplace falls. These simple rules can be followed in order to keep people safe or prevent wrongful death.

Most falls can be prevented if the proper precautions are taken. For example, workers should wear proper footwear to maximize traction. Workplaces should also be kept free of clutter and safe walking routes should be protected. Surfaces should be kept clean to prevent slipping. And openings, even temporary ones, should be protected by railings or a constant attendant. If these regulations are ignored, a fatal workplace accident can easily occur.

When a loved one is killed at work, surviving family members can be left with heartache and financial strain. If another’s negligent actions caused the death of a family member, however, a surviving family may want to speak with an attorney to learn more about the likelihood of recovering compensation via a wrongful death lawsuit.