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Employers urged to talk to employees about fall prevention

New York residents who are employed in the construction industry may be interested to learn that OSHA recently launched its annual National Safety Stand-Down Campaign. This campaign, which aims to prevent fatalities caused by falls and raise fall hazard awareness, was scheduled to take place between May 8 and May 12.

Fall fatalities are still a leading cause of death when it comes to the construction industry. Although the National Safety Stand-Down Campaign is voluntary, it provides employers with the chance to address fall hazard safety with employees. Employers can use the opportunity to go over protective methods and reinforce their policies and goals regarding fall hazards and fall prevention. Employees may also wish to use the opportunity to open up a dialogue with their employers about potential fall hazards that they see while on the job.

While the campaign is aimed at employers in the construction industry, any workplace can participate. Over the past several years, commercial and residential construction companies, the U.S. military, government contractors and general industry employers have conducted Stand-Downs. Additionally, OSHA also hosts events during the campaign that are free and available for any who wish to learn about fall safety and prevention.

Construction worker accidents can lead to severe injuries. In some cases, these injuries may prevent employees from going back to work. Regardless of how severe the injuries were, employees who are injured while on the clock are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. If a claim is denied or if the offered benefits do not cover the cost of the injured worker's medical expenses, the worker may want to discuss their options with a lawyer.

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