Claims for scaffolding injuries under a company’s insurance policy may not be enough to cover your injuries and is not the only source of recovery and support.
Millions of workers in the construction industry work on scaffolds every day. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls from scaffolds account for approximately 25% of fatal falls from all working surfaces.
New York has some of the most comprehensive and well-established laws to protect and ensure the safety of construction workers. Claims for scaffolding injuries under a company’s insurance policy may not be enough to cover your injuries and is not the only source of recovery and support. Personal injury benefits are available to victims of construction accidents.
Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law will help you understand your legal options if you’re hurt in a scaffolding accident at work!
Why Scaffolding Accidents Occur
OSHA provides scaffolding safety standards that are in place to keep workers safe. Accidents occur when a company fails to follow the general safety requirements for scaffolding. Therefore, many of these accidents are preventable.
The most common contributing factors that lead to scaffolding accidents include:
- Improper scaffolding construction
- Scaffolding defects
- Inadequate scaffolding maintenance
- Failure to replace old scaffolding
- Weak or inadequate planking
- Inadequate access to safety equipment
- Insufficient worker training
- Failure to prevent falling objects
- Working in hazardous conditions
- Ignoring scaffolding safety standards
If you or your loved one was injured in a scaffolding accident, violations of safety standards can be used as evidence of negligence in personal injury cases resulting from scaffold accidents.
What Should You Do After a Scaffolding Accident?
Following a scaffolding accident on a construction site, learning about your legal rights is essential. Speak with a construction accident attorney as soon as possible. At Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law, we represent injured construction workers and families in personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout New York. If you are entitled to financial compensation for a scaffolding accident, we can help you, and we encourage you to contact us immediately for a free consultation.