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.
To find out more about how we can help,
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