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Scaffolding Accident Attorney

With an estimated 65% of construction industry employees working regularly on scaffolds, it is not hard to understand why so many scaffolding accidents occur every year. Annually, at least 10,000 injuries in the construction industry can be attributed to scaffolding-related causes. These accidents are usually the result of defective scaffolding and negligent assembly or maintenance. It is estimated that taking proper precautions to protect workers from scaffolding accidents would save at least 50 worker lives every year. OSHA has had standards for scaffolding in place since its inception in 1971. Over the years, there have been modifications to the standards to increase protection of workers.

What commonly causes scaffolding accidents?

Slippage of planks resulting from improper assembly of scaffolding has been found to be a significant factor in scaffolding accidents. Too often, workers are unaware of the proper procedure for assembling scaffolds and for installing and inspecting work platforms before they begin using them. OSHA estimates that close to 25% of workers have no access to safety training for these important activities. The result is that the scaffolding is defective or poorly installed.

Workers standing on scaffolding may not have access to adequate safeguards. For instance, a scaffold that is not properly equipped with a safety guardrail exposes worker to falls and injuries. In extreme cases, scaffolding can collapse, leading to severe injuries and fatalities of workers on the scaffolding and on the ground. Scaffold collapses can occur when scaffolds are overloaded with stacks of cement and bricks, a hoist, or other loads. Worse still, scaffold collapses can trap workers under several stories of debris, hampering rescue efforts, and delaying critical medical care.

Ways to Prevent Scaffolding Accidents

OSHA has set standards for the physical construction and maintenance of scaffolds. Employees are required to comply with regulations relating to balance, tipping resistance, and the support capacity of suspension ropes used. There are regulations that restrict the stall load of hoists, specify proper planking and docking of platforms, and require erection of guardrails and platforms, and walkways of specific dimensions. Personal fall protection systems must also be in place.

All scaffolding must be supervised, inspected, and approved by a qualified engineer before workers are allowed to use it. Scaffolds must also be inspected after any incident that could hamper its structural integrity. Any component of the scaffold that has been damaged must be replaced or removed from service and repaired immediately. Scaffold construction must follow OSHA regulations relating to the presence of nearby energized power lines.

Lawyers Handling Scaffolding Accident Claims Nationwide

Our legal team at Arnold & Itkin LLP is prepared to take on personal injury claims involving industrial accidents nationwide. With the experience of a heavyweight, we have been able to recover billions of dollars on behalf of our clients. If you would like to talk to an industrial injury lawyer from our legal team, we encourage you to give us a call today. We know how difficult it is to face a claim of this nature, and we are prepared to do everything that we can to help you fight for the monetary compensation that you need to get your life on track once more. So what do you have to lose? We work on a contingency fee basis meaning that if we aren't successful in your claim, you won't pay us a dime.

Don't hesitate. Contact a scaffolding accident lawyer from our firm to discuss your potential claim.

Client's portion of total recovery may be subject to Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement claims, Medicare/Medicaid liens or other third-party claims or liens. These verdicts and settlements are intended to be representative of cases handled by Arnold & Itkin, LLP. These listings are not a guarantee or prediction of the outcome of any other claims.

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