Scaffold and Ladder Accidents
Working at Elevated Heights is Risky, and Scaffold Accidents are Unfortunately Common
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that falls at construction sites kill between 150 and 200 workers and injure more than 100,000 every year, on average. A worker falling from ladders and scaffolds is a common source of construction site injuries. Despite labor laws specifically designed to protect workers at elevated heights, these accidents are all too common.
What Causes Scaffold and Ladder Accidents?
Injuries can occur when scaffolding is improperly assembled, causing collapse or a worker fall. Defects or wear and tear on the scaffold can also cause the structure to malfunction and collapse. In addition, contact with power lines can cause electric shock or death by electrocution.
Accidents can happen if the wrong type of ladder is used for a job. Additional accidents can happen if the ladder is set on an unstable surface or if workers and materials exceed the ladder’s load capacity. Defective or worn ladders can fail, causing the ladder to collapse or tip over.
Safety precautions are supposed to be in place for workers at elevated heights. Safety harnesses and nets are to be provided in certain situations. Additionally, ladders and scaffolds should be inspected every day prior to use. Failures such as these are generally considered employer/contractor negligence.
Injuries from these accidents can cause problems ranging from damaged joints, to broken bones, to paralysis. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may be unable to return to work. RGLZ will seek damages for medical bills as well as lost wages.
Let us Help You Get to a Better Place
For experienced injury representation, contact us over at RGLZ Personal Injury Law. We represent numerous injured workers, including roofers, painters and construction workers. To schedule a free consultation with a Long Island or New York City scaffold accident injury attorney, call us at 866-639-5567 or contact us online, and let us help you get to a better place.