A construction site should be monitored for safety and compliance with regulations directed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Failure to do so can result in serious injuries or fatalities, especially to those workers who operate cranes and work on scaffolds. Farah & Farah, P.A. summarizes the types of hazards associated with scaffolding accidents.
In a recent one year period, there were 88 fatalities attributed to scaffolding. Seventy-two percent of scaffold injuries in that year were due to fallen objects, slips and a failure in the planking or the support. Each year, there are approximately 4,500 scaffold injuries in the U.S. Although OSHA has regulated the use of scaffolds, accidents still happen. Certain standards have been adopted for the past 15 years or so that regulate the use of guardrails, scaffold height, building and disassembling the scaffold, training and inspections.
Who Can Be Injured During a Scaffolding Accident?
A pedestrian may not notice a scaffold overhead or debris falling; yet that person is susceptible to injury just like anyone else who comes in contact with the scaffold. An injury related to the scaffold should be reported immediately to the construction manager. If the injured individual is an employee, workers’ compensation insurance will cover the medical costs incurred by the worker. A visitor, pedestrian or inspector should also report the injury immediately and seek medical attention.
Seek a Jacksonville Scaffolding Accident Lawyer for Legal Help
Contacting a Jacksonville scaffolding accident lawyer is imperative so that your attorney can begin to build a case against the person or entity responsible for the injury. A scaffold-related injury can be serious enough to cause permanent damage to the spine, brain, head and neck.
If you or a family member were injured in a scaffolding accident, get legal help before it is too late. Our scaffolding accident attorneys can help advise you of your legal rights and represent your interests in court or in a workers’ compensation situation. If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact our personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville. Our attorneys are also familiar with the workers’ compensation statutes of Florida. If your workers’ comp claim has been wrongfully denied, we can help.