Worker Falls Through Roof Opening at Store Construction Site in Hollywood


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Last week, a worker fell approximately 20 feet through a roof opening at the construction site of a future sporting goods store in Hollywood, California. According to Sun Sentinel’s website, the man suffered catastrophic injuries.

In many construction site roof fall situations, the injuries are very serious and often include:

  • severe spinal injuries, including fractures,
  • traumatic head and brain injuries,
  • orthopedic injuries and fractures of the legs and arms, and
  • internal bleeding and injuries.

Roof openings at work sites are commonly left unguarded, despite the fact that OSHA generally requires that roof openings be guarded against such falls.

In addition, construction site roofers working at such heights must be tied in with fall protection or fall arrest gear. However, many workers are prevented from using such gear, usually because a contractor failed to provide the anchor or tie in point.

When a worker falls and sustains injuries, the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey allow him or her to obtain financial recovery for the injuries and significant financial damages which result. While a workers’ compensation claim can be made, there may be additional claims or sources of recovery.

Workers who suffer injuries in roof fall situations should have their cases evaluated by a trusted, experienced lawyer. Access our free legal article for information about how to choose a workplace accident lawyer.

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Published: June 18, 2012