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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), scaffolding accidents at construction sites account for 80 deaths annually and over 10,000 injuries. All told, 900 construction-related fatalities occur every year, accounting for nearly 10% of all construction deaths.
Common causes of scaffolding accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Plank slippage – The planks and supports that protect workers can fail for a variety of reasons, including inclement weather (such as ice or frost forming on the planks), poor maintenance and installation, and the failure of the plank material itself.
- Falling objects – Construction workers generally don't work in a vacuum. They use painting machinery, cranes, and cleaning equipment while up on scaffolds. Construction work might also be going on simultaneously at different parts of the site. If a person above you drops a bucket of tools or accidentally spills paint, you could lose your balance and fall off the scaffold.
- Harness and safety support failures – Defective safety equipment and harnesses - or poor installation or maintenance of these devices - can cause or contribute to scaffolding accidents.
- Problems with training, supervision, or collaboration – Construction is inherently dangerous work. But these dangers can be managed with good safety protocols. If your supervisor failed to provide you with good instructions about how to operate machinery, they or the company can be held liable for injuries and damages.
- Other Factors – Numerous factors can make scaffolding work dangerous, instigate a fall, or exacerbate injury sustained in a fall. For example, paint and fumes inhaled at a construction site can impede your judgment and provoke a fall or other scaffolding accident.
What Should I do if I Suffered an Injury in a Scaffolding Accident?
If you have suffered an injury that was caused by a scaffolding accident, you should immediately consult with an attorney to discuss what legal options are available for you.
You can possibly recover financial compensation for:
- Lost & Future Wages
- Reduced Earning Capacity
- Medical & Therapy Bills
- Loss of Consortium
- Pain & Suffering
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