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OSHA Investigates Fatal Yorktowne Hotel Fall

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation into an August incident at the Yorktowne Hotel in York City that resulted in one death and another person’s injuries.

According to the York County Coroner, Cody Wilson, 34, died on September 22, after falling six stories off of scaffolding at the hotel. The coroner ruled Wilson’s death an accident and said he died due to blunt force trauma.

OSHA has released limited details regarding its investigation, but did say Wilson was working on a construction project when the scaffolding he was using collapsed.

Wilson underwent several surgeries for his injuries after the accident. A GoFundMe was organized for his family before his death. Wilson is survived by his wife and four children.

Falls Common Cause of Injury in the Workplace

Falls are one of the most common and most serious risks in many workplaces. Falls are linked to a variety of industries and workplace equipment, including:

  • Ladders and scaffolding
  • Roofs
  • Construction sits
  • Warehouses
  • Elevator shafts
  • Ledges
  • Bridges
  • Stairways
  • Slip and falls
  • Slippery surfaces

The risk of being injured in a fall in the workplace was serious enough that the federal government launched a national campaign to prevent falls. The National Stand-Down campaign is focused on preventing falls and educating people so they realize that falling is the primary cause of injured workers in the construction industry.

Anyone who works at an elevated height, frequently or occasionally, is at risk of falling. Injuries can be minor or severe, but they always have an impact on your work. Common injuries related to workplace falls include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injury and paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Scarring
  • Death

What Can You Do If You or Someone You Love is Injured in a Workplace Fall?

If you or a loved one is injured in a fall while working, you might be eligible to take legal action. Workers’ compensation is usually available in these situation, but might not cover all of your medical and other associated costs.

Additionally, falls in the workplace can be fatal. When this happens, family members might be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

At Heavens Law, we’ve worked with people who have been injured in the workplace. For more information or to discuss your situation, contact Heavens Law at 484-467-8254. All phone consultations are free and confidential, with no obligation beyond that.