Workplace and Scaffolding Accidents Attorneys Passaic County NJ
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Scaffolding accidents occur at construction sites regularly. Just as recently as June of 2019, four masonry construction workers were injured when the scaffolding they were on collapsed and they fell to the ground. The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) immediately responded to the worksite to review workplace conditions and examine for potential safety violations. According to OSHA, scaffolding safety violations rank high on the list of “most frequently cited standards in the construction industry” (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/construction.html). If you have been injured as a result of a scaffolding accident, you may have grounds for a claim for your financial losses.
Construction sites are notoriously dangerous workplaces. The danger is created by the materials used, the height of the construction, and the tools and equipment necessary in completing the job. Since these sites are inherently dangerous, workers may suffer injuries including those caused when scaffolding collapses.
There are many different reasons that scaffolding could collapse. For example, sometimes the scaffolding collapses because companies, or people, fail to adhere to proper safety standards. OSHA reports that there are 2.3 million construction workers in the United States and that 65 percent of those workers, perform some type of work using scaffolds. This means that more than half of all construction workers are in potentially risky situations. For this reason, OSHA sets safety standards that must be adhered to when utilizing scaffolding on a construction site. These safety standards are reported to have prevented 4500 injuries and 60 deaths every year.
When there are accidents, OSHA investigates and compiles statistics to assist in preventing injuries in the future by enacting corresponding safety regulations. The statistics demonstrate that many scaffolding injuries are due to the following:
- Unsafe structures or platforms: scaffolds that are not constructed properly or not specifically designed for the job;
- Weak platforms and lack of proper support: all scaffolds are required to be adequately supported. A make-shift scaffold with weak support causes instability and accidents;
- Proper load-bearing: the scaffold is required to support 4-times the expected weight load;
- Platform planking: Scaffolding platforms that are linked must overlap each other by at least one foot without a gap or space between;
- Proper width: Scaffolding platforms must be wide enough to be safe. It must extend 6 or more inches on both sides;
- Protection from falling objects: Anyone working on a scaffold must have overhead protection to avoid injury from falling objects;
- Clear platform: the platform must remain clear to avoid tripping hazards.
In some many cases, it can be proven that the accident would have been avoided but for the negligence of a superior or the company itself.
Who may be sued for your scaffolding injuries?
Negligence is a breach in the standard of care by an individual or company. In the case of construction accidents, the responsible party can vary. Usually, on construction sites, there are site managers who oversee the jobs and are responsible for adhering to proper safety standards. It is possible that the site manager failed to adhere to proper standards when erecting the scaffolding. It is also possible that the site manager failed to provide proper scaffolding or erected a make-shift scaffold. Another obligation of the site manager or company is to inspect the scaffolding for needed repairs, unstable objects, or weight overload. Aside from job site irregularities and failure to adhere to safety standards, it is possible that the scaffolding is defective. In cases involving defective scaffolds, the manufacturer could be liable.
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The injuries caused by scaffolding accidents can be deadly. Even if the original injuries seem minor, the financial loss due to missing work can wreak major financial havoc in your life. Keeping this in mind, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation and compensation for your physical injuries and financial losses. Contact attorneys serving across Wayne, Clifton, Totowa, Little Falls, Woodland Park, and throughout all of Passaic and Essex counties.
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