California workers who are required to work on roofs and from heights understand the importance of fall protection and safety training. Recently, the importance of this issue came to light when an employee of a solar panel installation company fell off a roof. Like other employees who suffer injuries in work-related accidents, he has the right to seek benefits through a workers’ compensation claim.
The accident occurred as several workers were on a roof, working to install solar panels at a home. One of the workers was unable to regain his balance after losing his footing, ultimately falling onto the hard concrete driveway. He was seriously injured, suffering a broken jaw and a broken wrist. According to the report, none of the workers were wearing fall protection equipment, which would have helped this individual avoid serious injury.
After looking into the incident, Cal/OSHA fined the company $193,905 for allowing serious workplace hazards. One of the citations was for willful accident-related violation. These are serious citations, and they indicate a lack of workplace safety and concern for employee well-being. Falls are often deadly or result in serious injury, and California employers bear the responsibility of making sure that workers have what they need to be as safe as reasonably possible.
When a worker suffers a serious injury at work, he or she has the right to seek benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. This can allow a person to get what he or she needs for recovery. Employers cannot prevent injured workers from filing claims or seeking the benefits they need to get better and move forward.