Accidents happen every day, most of which are relatively minor. When a person is struck by some kind of falling object or debris, however, the repercussions can be severe.

(H2) The Dangers of Falling Debris

The risks posed by falling debris depend on a variety of factors, such as the type, weight, and size of the debris, as well as the height from which it is dropped. Nevertheless, any object or debris that falls and hits a person has the potential to cause serious damage.

A falling debris accident may cause:

  • Scratches, cuts, and bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Crushed body parts
  • Brain/organ damage
  • Death

In the long term, victims may be left dealing with issues like:

  • Paralysis
  • Chronic pain
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Cognitive/motor issues from brain or nerve damage

In addition to the nature of the debris and the circumstances of the accident, the overall health of the person who is struck plays a role in the severity of the damage. Personal protective equipment like helmets and steel-toed boots can certainly help prevent or mitigate damage caused by falling objects—that’s why they’re required in work zones and other risky areas.

(H2) Where and How Do Falling Debris Accidents Happen?

A falling debris accident can occur anywhere there is a risk of some object or material dropping onto a person. However, there are certain places that are more likely to have falling debris than others.

(H3) Construction Sites