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Protecting New York workers from falls

Although a fall at a job site could lead to serious injury, employers are not on the same page when it comes to how to implement such a system. In fact, some have said that work does not stop even if there is no fall safety system on site. According to those who study the issue, such a statement is interpreted to mean that fall safety may not always be a top priority.

However, OSHA rules provide that workers in general must be protected from falls if they work at elevations of more than four feet. Companies that see this as optional may be running the risk of fines or other penalties. In some cases, fall safety equipment isn't utilized because employers aren't sure what to use. Employers who aren't sure about what to use are encouraged to find a system that works best for them.

It may also be worthwhile to create a fall safety team to decide what type of equipment to purchase. This can eliminate a hasty decision made because of financial considerations or as a quick reaction to an accident. A team can evaluate, discuss and obtain a consensus as to which equipment is necessary and how to obtain it.

Those who are injured on the job by a fall may wish to speak to an attorney about the remedies that are available. It may be possible to obtain workers' compensation benefits that will provide the necessary medical care and treatment as well as a portion of wages that are lost when the injured victim is unable to return to work .

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