Causes of Skylight Fall Injuries
One of the most common causes of severe injury in the United States is falling. Thousands of people every year end up in the hospital and worse just because of something as simple as gravity and certain dangerous variables in the environment. An area where fall injuries are especially commonplace is the workplace. Construction sites and maintenance providers regularly put themselves in potentially dangerous situations where they are at risk to suffer a severe fall injury. Skylights are one of the most dangerous things that can precipitate dangerous falls that injure people on the job.
What is a Skylight?
To those unfamiliar with skylights, they are an architectural feature that consists of some kind of transparent material such as glass located in the roof area of a building meant to allow light in. Skylights can be found in many buildings ranging from private homes to public government facilities. Regardless of where they are found, skylights can be fallen through into the area below the roof. Naturally, this can injure someone severely depending on the length of the fall, the position they fell, the ground they impact, and sometimes even the construction of the skylight.
Who Falls Through Skylights?
While all kinds of people can potentially find themselves falling through a skylight when on a roof, maintenance workers and roofers are usually the most commonly affected by skylight falling injuries. These individuals will often be in the vicinity of skylights when they are busy either performing repairs, inspecting the roof, or possibly working on construction. Regardless of what someone is doing on a roof, they should not suffer injuries because they fell through a skylight unless there are especially extreme circumstances beyond any party’s control.
Expected Skylight Safety Measures
Skylights are generally expected to have safety measures in place to help prevent someone on the roof from falling through and injuring themselves. In order to prevent skylight fall injuries, skylights are expected to have some kind of barrier around them like fencing or railing with a metal cage. These barriers are expected to be in place before roofing work is set to begin and are to remain in place until such work is completed. The barrier or screen meant to protect a person from falling through a skylight is expected to be able to withstand a weight of at least 200 pounds applied to any part of the screen. Workers that are working near a skylight are expected to have the proper safety equipment to help prevent any possible fall injuries such as safety harnesses. In the event that this safety equipment isn’t available then safety from falls into a skylight should be provided via fixed covers, catch platforms, or safety nets
Why do People Fall Through Skylights?
Most of the time, skylights do not simply get stepped on by an unsuspected person that is taking a stroll along the rooftop when they break and then send said unsuspecting person falling to the area below. This is possible but very far from the typical cause of most skylight falls. As mentioned before, the majority of skylight fall injuries involve roofers, construction workers, and maintenance workers that are on the roof. This is not because they are on the roof often but rather because of the nature of the work they are doing.
Most rooftop fall injuries tend to occur when the roof and/or skylight is in someway being built or repaired. This creates a situation where safety measures such as barriers might need to be removed to fix the skylight or where the skylight barriers are not even fully put in place. There are supposed to be backup safety measures in place during occasions such as this like the aforementioned safety harnesses, nets, covers, etc. but these can end up being neglected as can other safety measures. Another major problem that can contribute to skylight fall injuries is a lack of training.
Filing a Lawsuit Over a Skylight Fall Accident
Falling through a skylight will typically result in severe injuries that can potentially affect someone for the rest of their life. These fall injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken/fractured bones, internal organ damage and more that can result in disability and permanent damage. The consequences of these injuries affect a person’s financial, emotional, and general wellbeing to the point that those whose negligence led to such an accident occurring should be held accountable. This can be done through the filing of e personal injury claim or lawsuit. Taking legal action against liable parties for a skylight fall injury like the owner of the building, the employer of the person that was injured, or the manufacturer of the skylight or skylight barrier can result in compensation in the form of a settlement that can cover medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Seek an Experienced Workers Compensation Attorney
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a fall through a skylight then do not hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group about a free consultation on your claim. An experienced lawyer can assist you in seeking the compensation you need to stabilize your life. The process of a worker’s compensation claim can sometimes be difficult and long so do not hesitate to contact an attorney. Lawyers like those at Dolman Law Group can provide you with the resources and expertise needed to secure a settlement you can be satisfied with.
Because of the complexity of the laws applicable to workmen’s compensation, if you, or someone that you know, sustain an injury while working, it is important to speak with a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your rights and legal remedies. At Dolman Law Group, our team of highly skilled workers’ compensation attorneys can assist you to receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled. Contact our workers’ compensation attorneys to discuss your legal options and to receive your rightful compensation.