Worker Dies In Fall At Amusement Park
Many accidents happen in the workplace. While many are minor, there are some that happen due to heights, resulting in serious injuries and death.
A welder was recently killed in a fall at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, an amusement park in Ocean City. The fatal accident happened on the morning of May 2 on the Boardwalk.
The welder, a 62-year-old man from Pittsgrove, was working on a Ferris wheel when he fell from a lift. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
The man worked for Cargo Tech International. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is cooperating with authorities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident.
Nine workers were killed last year in construction accidents. Falls were the most common causes.
Falls in the Construction Industry
Falls are the top cause of death for construction workers. They are caused by various unsafe conditions such as:
- Poorly constructed scaffolding
- Defective ladders
- Unprotected floor holes
- Wall openings
- Debris and clutter
- Inclement weather
- Unmarked trenches
- Unguarded elevator shafts
Hazards are unavoidable on construction sites. Therefore, contractors, employers, and safety managers must do their part to educate their workers on how to prevent falls. Unfortunately, all too often, workers are not fully trained on safety in the workplace. This negligence often leads to serious accidents.
Scaffolds allow workers to reach high areas as well as transport materials. They are unique in that they need to be put together before they can be used. This can create dangers if the workers are not fully trained in this process.
Common scaffold hazards include:
- Lack of proper guardrails and midrails on all open sides of the scaffold
- Scaffold collapse caused by exceeded load capacity or improper construction
- Electrocution caused by building materials or equipment being in contact with active electrical lines
Ladders are another falling hazard that construction workers need to be aware of, as they are very common. Workers tend to take ladders for granted, but for safety reasons, ladders should always be inspected before use. Defective ladders should never be used and they should be removed from the job site until repaired. Here are some ladder safety tips to keep in mind:
- Keep the ladder on firm, level ground.
- Never use a ladder in high winds or storms.
- Do not place a ladder in front of closed doors.
- Choose the right size of ladder for the job.
Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Welding and other forms of construction can be dangerous, especially when the situation involves heights.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction accident, seek legal help from a Morristown construction accident injury attorney from The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff. You may be entitled to compensation for damages such as medical bills, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Schedule a free consultation with our office by filling out the online form or calling (973) 455-1567.