According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) more than 2 million construction employees routinely work on scaffolds. Unfortunately, every year, 4500 of these workers are injured on the job, while over fifty scaffolding workers are killed. Because the nature of scaffolding work is very dangerous, employers must take certain precautions to prevent scaffolding accidents on the construction site.
When a construction site owner, contractor or similar party fails to exercise a reasonable standard of care or comply with scaffold law, they can be held liable for any resulting scaffolding injuries. If you or a loved one was hurt in a scaffolding accident, you may be able to file a construction accident lawsuit against the responsible parties. To find out if you have a case, fill out our free case review form to speak with a construction lawyer today.
Scaffolding accidents, due to their frequency and specific regulations, are a category of construction injuries independent of basic construction falls. Approximately 1 in 5 construction site accidents are scaffold accidents. Despite OSHA’s strict regulations, they occur primarily due to negligence in the construction and maintenance of scaffolding. The complexity and thoroughness of scaffold law is one reason to seek an experienced construction accident lawyer who can navigate the nuances and details. OSHA outlines the basics of scaffold law as well as further suggestions and information for construction workers and their employers. Unfortunately, many scaffolding accidents could have been prevented had the proper entities followed the regulations outlined by federal scaffold law.
Injuries from Scaffolding Accidents
Scaffolding accidents most commonly result in the following injuries:
- Brain injuries
- Severe fractures
- Head trauma
In many cases, construction workers who are injured in scaffolding accidents will face expensive medical bills, a lengthy period away from work and extensive rehabilitation. While workers’ compensation can provide minimal benefits for injured construction workers, the victim can potentially obtain a substantially greater amount through a construction accident lawsuit.
If you were injured on a scaffold, it is important to contact a construction accident attorney immediately. He or she can evaluate your claim under federal scaffold law and ensure your claim is filed within your state’s statute of limitations. Furthermore, prompt investigation and preservation of evidence from the construction site is vital in building a strong construction accident case. Construction workers who were injured on a scaffold are encouraged to fill out our free case review form on the right today. Our construction accident attorneys will respond promptly to inform you of whether you have a case for additional benefits.