Scaffolding Puts Lives on the Line August 1, 2019
More than half of the construction jobs in the United States require the use of scaffolding.
Scaffolding offers a stable platform to build, paint, remodel, and repair buildings and structures of all types. Yet scaffolding also causes thousands of serious and fatal work accidents and injuries every year. Annually, scaffolding causes around 4,500 injuries across the country!
Slips, trips, falls, and impact from overhead objects cause broken bones, lacerations, and head, neck, and back injuries that not only prevent workers from doing their job, but also keep them from going about their daily activities.
Common Scaffolding Accidents
Scaffolding accidents may be caused by:
- Damaged or defective scaffolding
- Equipment or debris in the way
- Improper assembly
- Failure to secure scaffolding pieces
- Falling objects from above
- Lack of harnesses and other safety equipment
- Placement too close to power lines
- Overloaded scaffolding
- Slippery surfaces
Contracting companies or employers may be responsible for these dangerous accidents. Without proper safety training and fall protection equipment, workers can be hurt. And, many times, there may be problems with the way the scaffolding was made, making it dangerous to even the safest, well-trained workers
Products Liability and Defective Equipment
With scaffolding injuries, it is important to determine how the accident occurred and what person or company many be to blame. Misused or overloaded scaffolding causes some accidents, while poorly designed or assembled scaffolding causes others. Products liability claims address the designer, manufacturer, or seller of defective or unsafe products.
Scaffolding Accident Fall Claims
Scaffolding fall injuries may also be the result of a third-party’s negligence. For these types of accidents, injured workers may file a personal injury claim against the person or company at fault. Personal injury claims seek to prove a third party had a responsibility to safely install and operate the scaffolding but failed to do so and that failure caused the worker’s injuries. Because every construction accident is different, injured workers should meet with an experienced construction accident attorney to understand their legal options and move ahead with their case.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP Advocate for Injured Workers in Pennsylvania
Workers in construction and other industries using scaffolding on the job face the risk of falls and other accidents that can cause debilitating injuries. If you or a loved one was injured at work by dangerous equipment or some other type of accident, let a skilled Philadelphia construction accident lawyer work for you. At Galfand Berger LLP, we review every detail of your accident and recommend the smartest legal action to take to resolve your case and move forward with the healing process.
Schedule a free case review to learn how we can help you. Call 800-222-USWA (8792) or contact us online to get started today. We represent injured workers across Pennsylvania and New Jersey from our offices in Philadelphia, Allentown, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading.