A California window washing company has been cited by Cal/OSHA after a serious work-related fall left one employee and one bystander seriously injured. The employer was reprimanded for five particular hazards. These included a failure to prevent on-the-job injury by properly training employees to use personal safety equipment and failure to secure the work site.
The employee was washing windows when he fell 11 stories after losing his balance. The man landed on a moving vehicle, causing injury to himself and the driver. Authorities stated that this accident should serve as a reminder that employees should always be provided with the proper safety equipment and training. Falls from heights are one of the leading causes of death for California workers.
The employer will pay various fines for the citations issued by Cal/OSHA. It is known that this particular company was given citations in the past for lapses in safety standards, including one serious citation. The injured worker did survive the fall, but will likely face lingering pain, therapy and emotional trauma. It is also not clear if the man will be able return to work at that particular job or find employment in another field. Because this accident occurred at work, he is eligible for certain financial benefits.
When a worker suffers from an on-the-job injury, he or she would be wise to act quickly to file a workers’ compensation claim. These benefits are granted to those who are injured at work and who will face medical expenses or lost wages from missed work. In many cases, it is best for an injured worker to seek legal assistance in order to navigate the benefits application process.
Source: insurancejournal.com, “Cal/OSHA Finds Employer at Fault in Window Washer’s 11-Story Fall“, May 20, 2015