The workplace is the site of many different sources of potential injuries from accidents due to negligence by coworkers or employers, or due to the inherently dangerous conditions in various places of work. Construction sites are full of various dangers both from neglect of employers or coworkers and from inherently dangerous conditions involved in the industry, that have the potential to cause hundreds of thousands of injuries and many fatalities each year. These construction sites are filled with heavy equipment and machinery, toxic substances, explosives, and other dangerous materials and conditions, all of which can cause serious injury or even death. Construction sites are privy to injuries resulting from fires, explosions, and falls from high-rise buildings or scaffolding. Construction sites accounted for approximately 400,000 workplace injuries in the year 2004 alone.
Among those various dangerous conditions, scaffolding accidents stand out as being both preventable, yet still responsible for many injuries and fatalities each year. Scaffolding is used on many construction jobs and accounts for a large number of construction site related injuries. Scaffolds are temporary elevated platforms used in construction projects to support and provide workspace for construction workers and their materials that need access to high elevations. Many different types of workers such as window washers, painters, bricklayers, and carpenters all frequently use scaffolding while performing their jobs. Scaffolding accidents account for thousands of injuries and many fatalities on construction sites each year.
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Scaffolding Accidents and OSHA
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, commonly referred to as OSHA, approximately 65 percent of workers in the construction industry frequently work on scaffolds during their projects. Standards set up by OSHA have attempted to regulate how scaffolds are set up and maintained in order to decrease the amount of accidents and resulting injuries that come from the use of scaffolds. Improperly assembled scaffolds or scaffolds put together with defective components account for many accidents at construction sites that could have been prevented if proper standards were followed. Many of these unfortunate accidents also result from the supports for the scaffolds failing, which causes workers to fall from high levels or may cause materials located on the scaffold to fall from a high elevation possibly injuring any construction workers or bystanders who may be below the scaffold. Accidents involving falls in general, including falls from scaffolding, ladders, and other places, accounted for 36 percent of all fatal construction accidents in the year 2004.
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If you or a family member has been involved in a scaffolding accident at a construction site and would like to discuss your rights, or are interested in more information on scaffolding accident lawsuits, please fill out the free case evaluation form and a member of Seeger Weiss LLP’s experienced staff will call you to discuss your potential rights concerning scaffolding accidents. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part and all initial consultations are free of charge and do not create an attorney-client relationship.