Recent Accident on University of Kentucky Campus Takes Life of Worker
An accident on the campus of the University of Kentucky took the life of a roofer. The accident is an example of the tragedies which can result from a worker who is not provided with adequate safety protections on a job site.
Fatal fall from roof of structure
The accident occurred at the site of the University of Kentucky’s new student center on Avenue of Champions in Lexington. The victim was an employee of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal of Lexington. At the time of the accident, he was part of a team unloading materials on the roof of the structure when he fell approximately 30 feet to the ground. As described in the coroner’s report, he died of multiple blunt force injuries.
According to witnesses and law enforcement, there was no evidence that the accident victim was wearing a harness at the time of the accident. Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported to the scene immediately. The construction site was closed down immediately after the fall, and will not reopen until OSHA has completed an investigation into the death.
Falls a leading cause of workplace death
According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, falls are the biggest single cause of all construction deaths, accounting for 33% of all fatal injuries. In order to prevent these sorts of deaths on the job, OSHA and the Kentucky Department of Labor have enacted rules requiring that workers who are working at a height where they are vulnerable to fall six or more feet must be protected by guardrails, netting, or a personal fall arrest system (PFAS) where guardrails and netting are not available.
A PFAS should include a harness and lifeline or lanyard that is secured to an anchor, as well as a means of decelerating the worker during a fall. Workers must also be properly trained in fall prevention and the use of appropriate safety equipment. Where workers are not provided with these essential protections, the employers are placing their employees’ lives at risk, and could be at risk of incurring huge fines from labor boards.
If you’ve been injured on the job in Kentucky and need help getting the Workers’ Compensation benefits or other money damages you deserve, contact the skilled and experienced Georgetown injured workers’ attorney Jeremy Mattox for a consultation, at 502-867-6766.