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Falls are a serious danger for construction workers in Florida

Construction falls can result in serious and disabling injuries and death. Throughout Florida, construction workers build bridges, houses and other buildings, as well as maintain structures for citizens to use and enjoy.

Unfortunately, a construction fall accident can be devastating for workers and their families. In Florida, compared to other industries, the construction industry had the highest number of work-related fatalities from 2007 to 2011. Seven-Hundred and forty-seven construction workers were killed in fatal construction accidents during that time.

From 2007 to 2011, there were 53 fatal construction accidents per year on average. Of those fatalities, 25 percent to 35 percent were due to falls.

Construction workers can face a variety of dangers and risks on the job, including falls, which can lead to serious injuries and fatalities. The leading cause of construction worker fatalities in Florida is falls. Falls account for one-third of workplace deaths in the construction industry in Florida.

Falls can occur in different ways on construction sites, including falls from roofs, ladders or scaffolding. From 2007 to 2010, in Florida, the leading cause of death in the construction industry was falls from roofs.

The majority of construction falls involved construction workers ranging in age from 35 to 44-years-old. When a construction worker has been injured or killed on the job, it can have a devastating impact on both the victim and surviving family members who may be left with medical and funeral expenses and no wages or income.

Workers' compensation benefits are available to injured workers following a construction accident and to surviving family members following a fatal construction accident, but the process can sometimes be complicated. As a result, it is of utmost importance that injured construction workers and their families know how to access these resources and ensure their families are protected.

Source: Floridahealth.gov, "Florida Construction Fall Fatality Fact Sheet," accessed on Aug. 7, 2017

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