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hard_hat.jpgA taped measure dropped by a construction worker who was working 50 stories up in a high rise has resulted in the death of a man who was delivering sheet rock to the construction site.

The New York Post reports that Gary Anderson, 58, was killed by the 1-pound dropped tape measure. Anderson’s hard hat was in his pickup truck.

This tragic construction accident highlights the importance of head protection when working or visiting construction sites.

Hard hats protect against injury on construction sites

Hard hats have been widely used at construction and industrial work places since 1938. The hats or helmets protect the head from injury from falling objects, debris, impact with other objects, and electric shock. Hard hats have proven to prevent or lessen head injuries from falling objects, falls and bumps against a protruding object.

Hard hats are designed to have 1.2 inch suspension between the helmet’s shell and the worker’s head so that, when struck, the blow to the head is deflected. The suspension acts as a shock absorber.

Hard hats provide important head protection and, besides protecting the skull, it protects the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the majority of fatal impact injuries on construction sites occurred to workers who were not wearing a helmet. Helmets are important safety devices for everyone who enters a construction site.

Employers are responsbile for ensuring every person on a construction site wear a safety helmet whenever there is a risk of a head injury and it is required whenever there is demolition work.

Types of hard hats

There are different types of hard hats. Class A helmets protect against impact, penetration and low-voltage electrical current. Class B helmets protect against high-volt electrical conductors. Class C helmets protect against impact and penetration only.

The life span of hard hat is typically five years depending on the wear and tear on the helmet. However, it is recommended that the suspension system be replaced every year.

Washington attorney represent construction accident victims

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed.
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halloween accident attorney slip and fallHalloween is but a couple of weeks away and you may have already decorated your house and started helping your child shop for a Halloween costume.

Choosing a Halloween costume with safety in mind and decorating your house for the safety of little ghosts and goblins is the key to having a safe and fun Halloween.


Choose a costume that does not have trailing fabric which can cause a child to trip. Also, check to make sure the fabric is fire-retardant and won’t catch on fire if it comes into contact with a flame. Make sure that the child has visibility when wearing a mask. And, last but not least, have your child carry a flashlight or light stick while trick or treating. Retro-reflective tape can also be used to make sure child are visible.


Be careful when placing your jack-o’-lantern if you use a real candle. Put the jack-o’-lantern in an area where little trick-or-treaters do not trip over it or come in contact with it. Consider using a flameless candle run by a battery which are a safe way to illuminate your jack-o’-lantern. While it is fun to decorate your house with a scary theme for Halloween, make sure that paths are illuminated so children don’t trip over sprinklers, cracks in the walks or other hazards.


Make sure children are accompanied with one or more adults when trick-or-treating. Children, even those who know better, can become overly excited on Halloween and dart into traffic. We recommend supervising children until the age of 12.

Choose trick-or-treating routes that are well lit and have sidewalk. For older children, discuss the route before the children go out.

Motorists Be Ware on Halloween

Motorists are urged to be especially vigilant on Halloween and should watch for trick-or-treaters who might dart out into traffic. Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways. Watch for children who may not be looking out for motorists even at marked crosswalks.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and slip and fall accidents. Contact us if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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wet_floor2a.jpgWe have seen time and time again cases where a person goes shopping, visits a local business or visits a friend in an apartment complex and suffers a life-changing injury due to a slip and fall accident. When a slip and fall accident is caused by the property owner or management companies negligence, they can be held legally responsible for damages suffered by the injured person.

Proving a that a property owner or manager’s negligence caused the slip and fall accident is not always easy. However, a personal injury attorney can help with a claim when a property owner was negligent and the victim’s injuries are so severe that they required a hospital stay, physical therapy or are left permanent injury or disability.

In proving negligence, the plaintiff must:

  • Prove that the property owners failed to maintain the property in a safe manner
  • Prove the property owners created unsafe conditions which resulted in the injury
  • Prove the property owners were aware of hazards or unsafe conditions on their property but did not remedy the situation or warn others.

It is important to provide information on whether the hazardous conditions which resulted in the injury were permanent or temporary and, if they were temporary, how long the conditions existed.

Types of Slip and Fall Cases

Slip and fall cases can result from a variety of causes including:

  • Wet or slippery floors — When a floor is freshly mopped or when they are slippery due to waxing, polishing or spills, signs should be placed which warns pedestrians of floor conditions.
  • Clutter, machinery and tools — Store aisles and walkways around buildings and on grounds should be clear of hoses, trash, equipment, machinery, trash and other clutter which can cause a person to fall.
  • Ditches, holes and trenches — Should be fenced and sings warning of the hazard should be placed around the hazard.
  • Loose carpet, loose tiles and uneven floors.
  • Snow and ice.
  • Uneven concrete in parking lots and sidewalks.
  • Falling objects from retail displays.
  • Escalator malfunctions.
  • Falls caused by poor lighting.

      Bellevue Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Helps Slip and Fall Victims

      If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident you may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney who can help determine whether premises liability applies to your accident and whether you have a legal claim.

      The Farber Law Group is a personal injury firm that has handled many premises liability cases and we can evaluate the possibility of a claim after your slip and fall accident. A personal injury lawsuit may help you recover compensation to pay for your medical costs, loss of wages and for your pain and suffering.

      To schedule a free consultation, call us at 1-800-244-9087.

      Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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seattle_construction accident lawyerThe Seattle Fire Department’s (SFD) technical rescue team helped to rescue two construction workers from a construction site at 600 Leonora Street on Thursday around 12:40pm.

According to the SFD, three construction workers were injured apparently due to a machinery malfunction. Two of the construction workers were in a pit 60 to 75 feet below ground. The construction company’s crane was used in the rescue.

Two workers were taken to the hospital with ankle injuries and one worker suffered a minor head injury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there were 4,114 American workers killed on-the-job in private industry in 2011. Of those killed, approximately 17% were construction workers.

Leading causes of Washington construction accident injuries and deaths

Hit by an object accidents — as construction materials are being moved around a construction site, workers can be injured when a material or piece of equipment strikes a worker. Being struck by a moving object can result in a head injury, fractures and back or neck injuries.

Slip and fall accidents are one of the causes of death in construction accidents. Slip and fall accidents are often caused by uneven walking surfaces, wet or icy floors, greasy floors or due to construction debris. Other workplace falls occur when a worker falls of a ladder or elevated structure such a scaffold. Slip and fall accidents can result in head injuries, fractures, or back injuries.

Crushing accidents are a type of accident in which a worker becomes crushed or pinned when a trench collapses or crushed by a piece of machinery or falling construction materials.

Electrocution accidents occur when a worker comes into contact with faulty wiring, downed power lines or other electrical hazards.
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People age 75 and an older are at risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to a fall. TBIs are caused when there is a blow or jolt to the head. The number one cause of a TBI in the elderly are falls. As people age, they are at a greater risk of falling and the risk is greater with women than for men.

In the elderly, 75% of those who have fallen will fall again within the next six months.

Environmental hazards in the home are a leading cause of falls among the elderly. Throw rugs and poor lighting along with objects of everyday living can provide hazards which can make an elderly person more susceptible to falls.

Motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, violence and falls are the most common causes of spinal cord injury which can result in various level of impairment.

When the spinal cord or spinal nerves are injured, a person can experience having problems with sensation, strength or permanent paralysis.

In many cases, spinal cord injuries can be prevented, whether it is avoiding a risky behavior or taking precautions when doing everyday activities.

Motor vehicle accidents

Car accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries but using a seatbelt every time one drives, goes a long way in preventing a spinal cord injury. Children should always be placed in a age-appropriate child seat or booster. Drivers should also avoid drinking and driving or using drugs and driving.

Sports injuries

snowboarding.jpgSports injuries are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries. It is important that children receive proper coaching in many sporting activities such as gymnastics and football.

In other sporting endeavors such as motor biking, skiing or snowboarding, the participant should make sure they have the proper equipment such as wearing a helmet. Participants should also use caution when participating in these activities including staying on marked trails and not skiing or riding beyond one’s ability.

If a concussion is suspected, the person should not return to their sport until cleared by a physician.


Falls are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries and fractures, especially in the elderly and frail. People are warned to use step stools or ladders to reach objects in high places to prevent falls. The elderly should also “fall proof” their home but removing extraneous rugs, installing handrails and have proper lighting.

Seeking help for the injured person

It is important that after an accident, proper medical care be administered. A secondary injury could occur if the injured person is moved without proper support. If person loses consciousness, has severe pain in the back, neck or head, suffers from paralysis or weakness in the extremities or loses bowel or bladder control, call 9-1-1 immediately and do not move the person.
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The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has launched its 2013 Brain Awareness campaign. The BIAA is the oldest and largest brain injury advocacy organization and advances brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education about brain injury in hopes of improving the quality of life for people who have suffered a brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect 7 million people every year and an injury can change a person’s ability to do many things. In an instant, a brain injury can change a person’s life and change the life of their family. An accident leading to a brain injury can happen at any time and in any place.

A brain injury occurs when there is a blow to the head, a jolt to the head or if an object penetrates the skull. While not every blow to the head or jolt causes a TBI, medical care should be sought if any the symptoms listed below appear. If the person is on blood thinner medication, then one should err on the side of caution and seek medical care regardless of whether symptoms present immediately.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 years of age. Whether the brain injury is caused by a car accident, a sports-related concussion, or a fall, a brain injury can change the trajectory of a person’s life.

While a brain injury is not something one can see, it can cause a whole slew of deficits including:

  • short term memory loss
  • visual sensitivity
  • balance problems
  • paralysis
  • sensory changes
  • cognitive and problem-solving deficits
  • visual problems
  • sensory problems including the sense of smell and taste

After a brain injury, the injured person sometimes becomes like a different person. While the family grieves for the loss of the person that they knew, they also try to support the brain injured person. Often, even a person with a mild brain injury can suffer headaches, depression and sleep walking. Sometimes victims withdraw from society as they are unable to cope with sensory overload.
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For obvious reasons, it’s hard to predict an event that would lead you to file a personal injury lawsuit. Generally you’re a cautious person and you don’t go looking for trouble, so you never expected such a severe injury. But just because you’re cautious doesn’t mean everyone you come in contact with will be.

Even the most careful individuals can get in accidents. Maybe it’s because you went to a neighbor’s house to return a piece of misdelivered mail. When the rotten steps leading to his door collapsed, you broke your ankle. Maybe a neighborhood dog got out of its fence, came to your yard and severely bit you on the leg. Maybe you were out walking after a snowstorm and a property owner along the way neglected to clear his sidewalk, causing you to slip and break an arm.

Now you’re hurt and you’re facing a long list of expenses, just starting with a visit to the emergency room. Even if you’re not hospitalized, you’ll have to miss several days of work. Plus you might need surgery down the road, maybe even rehabilitation. Maybe you’re a construction worker and you’re going to require months of physical therapy for your broken ankle. Maybe you’ve experienced severe scarring from the dog bite and are worried that will hurt your modeling career.

It’s all because of someone else’s negligence or poor planning that you’re going to lose so much money. At this point, you feel that you have no choice but to pursue a lawsuit. Few people really want to go that route. And it’s only natural for you to worry about how the responsible party is going to come up with the money to make things right for you.

However, if the person accountable for the accident has home insurance, he or she might have some help when it comes to paying for your many expenses. It goes without saying that most homeowners have home insurance – mortgage companies require it in nearly every circumstance. If the responsible party has standard home insurance, part of the coverage typically included in his or her policy could qualify them for help if you decide to sue.

Personal liability protection is reserved for exactly this type of scenario. It makes the policyholder eligible to file a claim when facing a lawsuit. If you’ve slipped and fallen on a person’s property or been bitten by his or her dog or some other scenario involving negligence, the homeowner might be able to compensate you using insurance. Liability protection can be used for legal defense fees, as well.

How much coverage is available? It depends. Typical home insurance policies generally allot $100,000 in coverage for each claim occurrence. For the average person, that’s not a small amount of money. Some homeowners might have even higher coverage limits – up to $500,000 – that will qualify them for additional claim money. Some might even have purchased an umbrella policy – separate coverage that will kick in once personal liability limits are reached. Umbrella policies start with $1 million limits, and homeowners can purchase as much as $5 million in coverage.
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Last night, I ran into a friend who is an orthopaedic surgeon here in the Seattle area. I asked him if he was treating a lot of ski accident injuries now that we have snow in the local mountains. He said that some of the most serious accident cases he has treated of late is from people who suffered a fall while hanging Christmas lights.

He said that several patients suffered shattered ankles after falling from a roof or ladder and that these injuries, while they can be repaired, will affect the person for the rest of their life. Others suffer traumatic brain injuries, back injuries and fractures.

It is estimated that nearly 90,000 people seek care in an emergency room every year due to a ladder accident and 3,000 people are injured while hanging Christmas lights. Even a fall from a one-story house means a fall from 10′ to 12′ which can result in a serious injury.

falls and premise liability attorneySome recommendations for fall prevention include:

  • Have someone support the ladder, a spotter.
  • Avoid stretching too far while on the ladder.
  • Make sure your ladder can hold your weight.
  • Avoid using the top ladder step.
  • Avoid distractions such as phone call.
  • Hang your lights during daylight hours.
  • Avoid hanging lights while it is snowing or icy so you don’t slip.
  • Never hang over the roof edge to hang lights.
  • Make sure your avoid alcohol while hanging lights.
  • Hire a professional!

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A Western Washington University (WWU) has died from a fall from a window of Nash Hall, a residence dorm, around 9:45am this morning reports the Bellingham Herald.

According to the report, the 18-year-old student initially survived the fall but died of his injuries.

Police are investigating the fall as a suicide.

Over the past 25 years, falls at the University of Washington and Washington State University (WSU) have been the site of tragic falls leading to death or severe injury. Falls at Washington’s universities have claimed the lives of at least six students in the past 25 years.

The common denominator of many of the falls has been male student between the age of 18 and 21 and often alcohol has been a factor. However, at this point, we do not know the details of what happened at WWU.

Every year when parents send their young adult children to college, they are both proud and full of apprehension. Students are often away from home for the first time in their young lives and face many challenges including academics, meeting new people, and partying.

Suicide by students are not uncommon events. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college age people. Often times, suicide is an impulsive act but other times the victim’s intentions are unclear and their impulse control may have been diminished due to alcohol.

Whatever the cause of this student’s fall, the pain to the family is unfathomable and our sympathies are with them.
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