Each year construction workers are injured in accidents involving scaffolding. An expert construction accident attorney or scaffold accident lawyer is vital for analyzing and prosecuting a New York scaffold accident and obtaining maximum compensation.
Types of scaffolds include:
Steel scaffolding may be erected alongside a structure while under construction. Correct placement and locking of scaffold connections is very important. Each upright of the scaffold should have a firm footing such as a metal plate. A common mistake which leads to accidents on scaffolds is when the construction company does not use toe boards and guard rails on a scaffold which endangers workers making them more likely to fall off a scaffold.
Common accidents involved in these types of scaffolds include attempt to move the rolling scaffold by pulling on an overhead structure. Failure to remove all materials and equipment prior to moving a Baker or rolling scaffold may also result in injuries as materials may fall off the scaffold injuring workers. A failure to engage a wheel lock on a rolling scaffold while in use can also result in injuries.
Accidents on wooden scaffolds may involve placing a 2×4 wood piece horizontally and using it as a work surface. Other issues include failure to check whether the weight of construction materials and workers will be supported by the wooden scaffold being used. A failure to use proper footings or cross bracing may lead to accidents.
Scaffolding is one of the most valuable tools on a construction site, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. Every year, hundreds of New York construction workers sustain injuries in accidents involving scaffolding. In fact, falls are so commonplace in the construction industry that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has dubbed it the leader of the “Fatal Four.”
Unfortunately, many scaffolding accidents in New York City are the result of negligence. These units must follow proper installation, maintenance, and supervision guidelines. When vendors, supervisors, and contractors fail to install or maintain scaffolding, they may be liable for worker injuries. Know your legal options after a scaffolding accident – and when to contact an attorney.
There are two main types of scaffolding at a construction site:
Scaffolding accidents can lead to serious and even permanently disabling injury. Victims of scaffolding accidents often find that workers’ compensation claims cannot adequately address their lost wages, pain, and suffering. As a result, they may struggle to provide for their families and make ends meet. If you’ve been in a scaffolding accident, take the following steps:
There are several parties that might be responsible for your scaffolding accident. Examples include:
At Frekhtman & Associates, we conduct a thorough investigation into your injuries and determine the parties responsible. If you sustained injuries in a scaffolding accident and think you may have grounds for a third-party liability claim, please contact Frekhtman & Associates to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a ladder or scaffold accident, contact the attorneys at Frekhtman & Associates for a free consultation. We handle every case free of charge and pay all the expenses including court costs and expert fees. At the conclusion of the case, if we recover monetary compensation for you, we charge a percentage set by the New York Court system as our legal fee. Call us (212) 766-5656 or (866) ATTY – LAW or contact us online by filling out the form on our homepage.