According to OSHA (the Occupational Safety & Health Administration), approximately 2.3 million construction workers, or 65% of all construction workers, work on scaffolding as part of their construction duties. If all OSHA standards for construction and scaffolding are followed, accidents should be minimal. Unfortunately, many construction workers find themselves in dangerous, even life-threatening situations when compliance with these standards is not met.
While scaffolding is meant to serve as a support structure for performing work at potentially dangerous heights, serious injury or death can sometimes result from careless construction standards, unnecessary hazards, and/or a lack of proper safety materials or training on the job. According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 72% of workers injured in a scaffolding accident attribute their incidents to slips, falling objects, or the failure of planking/supports. Additionally, the Bureau found that in 2009, scaffolding/staging accidents led to a striking 54 worker fatalities.
Shockingly, if the OSHA requirements had been closely adhered to, it is estimated that nearly 50% of those accidents could have been avoided. Clearly, scaffolding accidents are one of the most serious types of accidents a construction worker can experience on the job, often at no fault of his or her own.
When a worker is injured in a scaffolding accident, he or she may be out of work for some time, leading to a significant loss of wages that worker's compensation may not be able to make up for. He or she may also be saddled with excessive medical bills that insurance refuses to cover, like treatment for scaffolding accident-related injuries such
- Broken Bones
- Paralysis (sometimes permanent)
- Skull Fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (sometimes permanent damage)
- Internal Injuries
Whatever the case, an injured construction worker (or his/her loved ones) may be entitled to significant compensation for the damages suffered as a result of the scaffolding accident. Unfortunately, he or she may face major obstacles in achieving that goal without the help of a seasoned attorney who can help not only define the party at fault in the accident, but also identify how the injured party can either be compensated for irreversible damages, and/or begin to recoup the financial resources they've lost by no fault of their own.
If you have suffered a serious scaffolding injury in Florida, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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