The combination of dangerous equipment and working at elevated heights finds construction workers often more susceptible to injuries than employees in other fields. Scaffolding and other types of lifts are major players in many of these injuries. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 65% of all construction workers frequently work on scaffolding equipment, which can result in serious injuries from falls.
What do I need to know about scaffolding injuries?
With the common usage of scaffolding equipment, there are a number of rules and regulations in effect that ensure their safety for construction workers. The design and construction needs to conform to federal standards for their construction and regular usage. All scaffolding must be regularly inspected before their use to prevent accidents.
Some of the common ways that construction workers are injured include:
- Defectively constructed scaffolding
- Improper installation of scaffolding
- Unreasonably safe equipment
- Inadequate and infrequent maintenance
- Misuse of protective equipment
- Objects falling from scaffolding onto workers below
Scaffolding can be linked to a few accidents, including collapse, slip and fall, blunt impact to the head, and electrocution. These can result in broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and even wrongful death.
Even with the dangers present with scaffolding, anyone that works in construction has the right to expect they will be prevented from unreasonable injury. Being injured on the job means a worker can apply for workers' compensation benefits that can help cover medical expenses, lost wages, and any partial or permanent disability that the worker suffered. Every employer should have workers' compensation insurance and applying for these benefits does not mean that anyone is at fault for the injuries acquired.
If you have a problem collecting worker's compensation benefits or if you are seeking to file a civil or product lawsuit in connection with your injuries, contact the Hollywood attorneys at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. Our firm has won millions of dollars in settlements and can help you obtain the medical care you need.