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Falls are a problem for American workers

According to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics nearly 800 men and women died in 2014 in workplace accidents that involved falls. These victims had employment in many different industries and suffered their fatal incidents while performing different work-related functions. In Texas, workers are subject to dangerous falls when they are not prepared to safely undertake the tasks the employers are of them.

Falls do not just occur in industrial and manufacturing employment arenas. Office workers, medical care providers and others may be subject to falls and related injuries when they are performing their duties. A fall while on the job may take a person out of work and may prevent them from earning the income that they need to get by.

A person may experience a workplace fall for many reasons. They may not be properly trained to perform a task that puts them in danger of a fall, such as working on a building site and not being aware of tie-down protocols. An office worker may not be aware of how to use a ladder in order to reach a high object and may suffer a fall when they climb onto their chair or desk to reach that which they need.

Falls can also occur when workers are not provided with the equipment they need. In the above-included examples, the construction worker may know they need to be tied to a structure to prevent a fall but may not be given the right tools; the office worker may look for a ladder but may not find one in their place of employment.

A fall can cause serious trauma to a victim's body. When it happens in their place of employment, a victim may have options for seeking the recovery of their losses. Injured workers might want to seek legal help to protect their rights to their workplace accident damages.

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