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Catwalks can be found in many places including construction sites, on top of railcars, as pedestrian bridges over streets, water or rail lines, and narrow platforms that give workers access to hard-to-reach places in buildings and factories. Though their use is rather varied, the need for proper installation, training and safety is universal. Unfortunately, falls from catwalks and injuries from items falling off of catwalks and skyways continues to be a major concern for workers across the country.
A catwalk is an elevated platform that is usually high off the ground. As mentioned above, they are used in many industries especially the railroad industry and construction industry. There are many suggestions for employers regarding catwalks like having at least a four inch toe board on all of the edges of catwalks to reduce slips, trips and falls of people and also to prevent tools, screws and equipment from falling off the platform. Employers should also install good lighting, nonskid surfaces, guardrails, and aerial platforms and lifts to help move heavier equipment up and down instead of having workers carry it up ladders. Many types of catwalks and platforms also come with self-retracting lifelines or tethers to help workers in the case of falls. Buckets and enclosed spaces on elevated ladders and platforms is another way to keep workers safe. Theaters are another common place to have catwalks and elevated walkways so the crew can hang props, setup and adjust the lighting and suspend actors and scenery. Theatre catwalk collapses can be just as tragic as construction site catwalk injuries due to the heavy props and scenery and the elevated height that a crew member could fall from.
Many catwalk injuries can be prevented by employers if they adequately trained their employees on safety, proper weight shifts, proper carrying and allowed the laborers to work at a safe pace instead of hurrying or trying to carry or do too much. The other main way to avoid platform injuries is by installing the catwalks properly and maintaining them on a regular schedule. This would avoid the tragic accidents like a catwalk slips, catwalk collapse, ladder collapse or a platform collapse. Some of the possible injuries from catwalk accidents include wrongful death, head injuries, concussions, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, coma, muscle strains, ligament sprains, back injuries, amputation and more. If you got hurt at work, we will make sure to handle your workers’ compensation case as well as look into any third parties who are also at fault such as the manufacturer and installer of your catwalk, scaffolding, ladders, safety system or platforms. Let us assist you during this tough time.
Our injury lawyers at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have helped people who have been injured from catwalk collapses and catwalk accidents since 1979 so we have the experience to help you win in court and get the maximum legal compensation. This is true for either workers’ compensation, third party injury cases, product defect cases or personal injury cases. Call us today at (888) 516-8530 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation. You will not have to pay us until and unless we win your case. Feel free to call us any hour of the day or night as we are here ready to help you.