Scaffolding Accidents on the Rise in New York City

Scaffold Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the nation. As estimated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), construction accidents accounted for approximately 20.5% of fatal accidents in private industry in 2014, with a staggering 874 deaths resulting from slip and falls. A large number of these falls occur as a result of the improper construction of scaffoldings and failure to exercise proper safety methods. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14 of these scaffolding deaths occurred in New York City alone.

Despite OSHA’s extensive regulations regarding the use of scaffoldings on construction sites, many building companies have been known to cut corners when installing scaffoldings to save time and money. The recent construction boom in New York has also produced a shortage of safety inspectors, contributing to this problem. This gamble can have dire consequences, placing workers at risk of suffering a variety of horrific injuries.

Scaffolding accidents can be caused by the following:

  • Absence of guard rails
  • Missing planks
  • Improperly laying planks
  • Missing side brackets
  • Failing to use proper restraints

What Compensation Can Injured Workers Seek?

Since scaffoldings can reach frightening heights, a fall can cause several different debilitating injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones, neck injuries, internal hemorrhaging, and possibly death. Depending on the circumstances of these accidents, injured victims may be able to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim, seeking workers’ compensation benefits, or both. If a worker should unfortunately pass away due to injuries sustained in a scaffolding accident, the victim’s family can often seek wrongful death benefits under the same means.

Injured in an NYC Scaffolding Accident? Call (646) 461-4009

If you have been hurt in a fall from a scaffolding, a construction accident attorney in New York from Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP can advocate on your behalf and fight for the compensation you deserve. With more than $500 million recovered on behalf of our clients, we are fully equipped with the knowledge and experience to help pursue the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.

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Categories: Construction Accident