SKYLIGHT FALL AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE
In this construction site accident case, our client, who owned a paint supply store, was asked to check a piece of machinery on the roof of an aircraft hangar. Contrary to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, the roofing company had not secured the skylights on the roof of the hangar with protective netting and barricades to prevent people from falling through the lights to the ground 25 feet below.
While he was being led to the piece of machinery on the roof, our client fell through an unprotected skylight to the concrete floor below. By all accounts, our client should not have survived this fall. In fact, the vast majority of OSHA incident reports of similar workplace skylight falls indicate the victim died as a result of the trauma and injuries caused by the fall. Luckily, our client was not killed. He was, however, seriously and permanently injured.