By: David Cheverie
Scaffolding, also known as staging, is a temporary framework used to support construction workers and their materials during construction, maintenance, and repairs on high parts of buildings or other structures. Scaffolds can reach substantial heights and must be built correctly in order to maintain the safety of those working on or near them.
The use of scaffolding is a necessary component in the construction industry. Workers have relied on scaffolds to build some of the most dramatic structures in history. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) an estimated 2.3 million construction workers use scaffolds regularly. This equates to 65% of all construction workers.
Common Types of Scaffolding Accidents
Approximately 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths occur every year related to scaffolding accidents. Scaffolding accidents can occur in many different ways. A recent study found that 72% of scaffolding accidents are related to a plank / piece of support slipping or due to a worker being struck by a falling object. Protecting construction workers from scaffold-related accidents should be a priority. These are circumstances that should not occur when sites follow OSHA standards, as most scaffolding accidents can be prevented if proper training and preventative measures are followed.
Get Legal Help
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a scaffolding accident, it is important that you understand your legal rights, as you may be eligible to receive compensation for your suffering and pain. Contact our experienced construction accident attorneys today at (212) 779-0057. Hach & Rose, LLP, will work with you to seek justice against those responsible for your injury.