When a worker in Baltimore is installing a roof or working at a height that could pose problems if he or she fell, it a good idea to wear safety devices designed to prevent or stop the fall. Many companies use a personal fall arrest system that works to stop a fall before the person hits the ground. This system usually involves the worker wearing a full body harness with a lanyard that attaches to an anchor. If a construction worker is working six feet or more off the ground, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) expects there to be certain guidelines and protections in place.
A workplace accident that involved a man falling to his death from a building on which he was working has caught the attention of OSHA. The administration is working with police in the ongoing investigation into the cause of the accident. Authorities have said they believe the man’s death to be an accident.
The 32-year-old man was installing a roof with a crew of other workers on a Thursday afternoon when he lost his balance. Either he wasn’t wearing a personal fall arrest system or it malfunctioned, because at around 3:30 the man fell 15 feet to the concrete below. He died on the scene.
The man’s family may wish to speak with an attorney regarding the death of their loved one. Because the accident happened at work, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits. A lawyer may be able to help ensure that they get the proper amount of compensation.
Source: Bangor Daily News, “Police release identity of man killed in workplace accident,” Ryan McLaughlin, Dec. 6, 2013