Scaffolding is a common construction site tool. It is used for construction projects, both large and small and is a temporary structure. Workers can use scaffolding for constructing a building, doing repairs, cleaning, etc.
In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that 65% of construction workers use scaffolding daily. OSHA strictly regulates the installation and maintenance of scaffolding to make sure it is safe for workers. Unfortunately, scaffolding accidents still occur, many of them severe.
Types of scaffolding accidents
It is estimated that each year 10,000 workers are injured because of scaffolding accidents. Most of these accidents occur because the scaffolding collapsed. Other scaffolding accidents can happen when a construction worker slips, workers are struck by falling objects such as tools falling off scaffolding or they are electrocuted.
Causes of scaffolding accidents
Many times, scaffolding accidents are caused by improperly installed scaffolding or improper use of scaffolding. If a person is injured because of a scaffolding accident, there are many types of injuries they can suffer. These catastrophic injuries include head trauma, burn injuries, electrocution, spinal cored injuries, and even death.
If a family is facing a situation where their loved one was seriously injured or even killed in a scaffolding accident, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in construction accidents. An attorney can investigate all angles of the accident and help determine what happened and the most appropriate legal avenue for compensation.