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Falls remain leading reason for workers' compensation incidents

When a Delaware worker clocks in, he or she has the right to a reasonable expectation of safety while at work. Employers have the responsibility of making sure that workers have the equipment and training necessary to complete their jobs. One of the main reasons for workers' compensation incidents on jobsites of all kinds is falling from heights. 

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, fall protection is one of the leading safety violations. Many preventable injuries and fatalities take place on jobsites every year, and simply implementing and enforcing safety measures can make a significant difference. Of the top 10 safety violations listed by the organization, failing to meet general requirements for fall protection is number one. OSHA statistics indicate there are over 6,000 fall-related safety violations every year.

Other leading safety violations include lack of hazard communication and scaffolding problems. These are two things that can also contribute to falls. Fall protection includes things like proper safety equipment, such as harnesses and tethers, that can protect workers in case of a slip or trip. Other safety measures include using safe ladders and scaffolding and making sure every person working from heights has the right training and support.

When a Delaware worker falls while on the job, he or she has the right to seek benefits through a workers' compensation claim. In addition to reasonable safety at work, employees are also entitled to seek what they need for recovery after a work accident. An injured worker may find it beneficial to seek legal guidance regarding his or her insurance claim or the types of benefits that may be available.

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