Scaffolding Accidents Remain a Concerning Cause of Work Injuries
Statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicate that nearly 5,000 workers suffered a fatality while on the job in 2015. Thousands more experienced an injury that left them disabled, either temporarily or permanently. Construction workers tend to make up the majority of those injuries and fatalities. More specifically, scaffolding accidents remain an all-too common cause for concern.How Common are Scaffolding Accidents?
OSHA estimates that some 2.3 million construction workers spend their days on scaffolding. That comprises about 65 percent of all workers. Unfortunately, this high percentage means scaffolding has the potential to cause numerous injuries. Indeed, a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that some 4,500 workers are injured and another 60 are killed because of scaffolding accidents each year.Understanding the Causes of Scaffolding Accidents
While there are many factors that may be involved in a scaffolding accident, many can be attributed to a failure on the part of the employer, foreman, or supervisor. Such examples of negligence would include:
- Failure to maintain equipment;
- Failure to provide adequate safety training to employees;
- Not providing adequate safety gear to employees;
- Improper use or setup of the equipment; and
- Overloading of scaffolding.
It goes without saying that employees should do all they can to avoid an injury on the job, but they are not always in control of the various factors that can lead to an accident. When the injury or fatality is the result of negligence on the part of the employer or supervisor, workers and their families do have rights. Namely, they have the right to pursue compensation. Moreover, some may be eligible for a third-party liability lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit.Pursuing Compensation for a Scaffolding Injury
If you or someone you love has been injured in a scaffolding accident, it is crucial that you have your case examined by an experienced work injury attorney. This can help to ensure every possible compensation avenue is considered. Further, an attorney can handle the legal aspects of your case and protect your interests throughout the process.
At Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP, we fight for our clients. In every situation, we pursue the most favorable settlement possible. Get the representation that you and your family deserve. Schedule a free consultation with our San Jose work injury lawyers by calling (408) 289-1417 today.Sources