Posted in Construction Accidents on September 24, 2019
Scaffolding is necessary at many construction sites and repair projects. Scaffolding is typically constructed before the project even begins and remains in place for the entire during of a construction project, with some minor alterations along the way. However, there are times when scaffolding accidents occur and cause serious injuries to construction workers and bystanders nearby. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict guidelines in place regulating scaffolding construction, but this does not prevent all accidents.
There are various ways in which injuries arise from scaffolding. Scaffolding that is poorly constructed, used old materials, poorly maintained, overloaded, and fails to comply with OSHA rules all cause serious injuries. These can include:
Scaffold collapse injuries can range in severity. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries after a scaffolding incident:
Each of these injuries requires extensive medical attention. Not only will this lead to major medical bills, but the injured person may not be able to work while they recover. Lost income could jeopardize the financial stability of their family. If a scaffold accident victim is disabled, they may require lifelong care.
Workers’ compensation insurance is usually what is used to cover injuries that happen in the workplace, but that may not be enough to cover scaffold injury expenses. If the scaffold incident was caused by gross negligence on the part of the construction company or a third-party, an attorney will work to secure further compensation an injured worker may be entitled to. When an employer exposes their workers to unnecessary risks, they should be held accountable for their actions.
If a bystander is injured due to scaffolding incidents, they should secure an attorney and explore the possibility of a premises liability injury. Construction companies are required to ensure that bystanders are safe during the course of the construction project. This includes taking steps to protect bystanders from objects that could fall from the scaffolding.