Why Scaffolding Accidents Happen at Construction Sites
Written by Greg on May 17, 2019
The use of scaffolding is a necessity at most construction sites as well as in many rehab and repair projects. Scaffolding is typically constructed at the beginning of construction and is used throughout the entire project. Sometimes this scaffolding is old, unsafe, or poorly constructed and can collapse, causing serious injuries to construction workers. Scaffolding accidents are extremely dangerous and can be prevented by following certain safety guidelines.
How do Scaffolding Accidents Happen?
Scaffolding is temporary since it is only used during construction or repair. Therefore, many types of scaffolding exist and some are more dangerous than others. Sometimes scaffolding is put up quickly and may not be as secure as it should be to meet safety standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides guidelines that are to be followed when using scaffolding on construction sites. Still, many companies do not follow the OSHA requirements.
Some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents include:
- Scaffolding made of old or defective materials
- Improperly constructed scaffolding
- Stress or overload of scaffolding platforms
- Poorly maintained scaffolding
- Collisions with scaffolding
- Failure to comply with OSHA scaffolding requirements
When a scaffolding collapse occurs, the construction company may deny responsibility. It is important to seek assistance from an experienced Houston personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
What Types of Injuries are Caused by Scaffolding Accidents?
Scaffolding injuries are among the most serious construction site injuries. Scaffolding is designed to provide workers with a way to work above ground and it is sometimes located high off the ground. Serious injuries occur due to falling. These injuries include such things as broken bones, back and neck injuries, head trauma, lacerations and contusions, facial fractures and internal injuries, among others. Traumatic brain injuries can happen and a safety helmet will do little to protect against this type of trauma.
Serious injuries of this type can be devastating. Victims may require extensive and ongoing medical care that is extremely expensive. Some injuries are life-threatening and in some cases, the injuries will leave the victim permanently disabled. The negligent party should be held accountable for your damages. Damages may include medical expenses, rehabilitation therapy costs, future medical care, lost wages and money for pain and suffering.
What Should You do if You Were Injured in a Scaffolding Accident?
Construction site accidents can cause serious injuries and may prevent you from working during your recovery period. The first thing to do is report the accident to your employer. Visit the doctor or emergency room immediately. Your employer should have workers’ compensation insurance and should provide you with medical care and a portion of your wages while you recover. Contact an experienced lawyer for a construction accident to discuss the details of the accident. Your attorney will protect your rights and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Call Baumgartner Law Firm for a free initial consultation regarding your accident- (281) 587.1111
OSHA Guide to Scaffold Use in the Construction Industry https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3150/osha3150.html