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Scaffolding Accidents & Injuries

NY Construction Workers At Increased Risk For Scaffolding Fall Accidents & Injuries

In New York, encountering scaffolding is an everyday occurrence. It is easy to take their safety for granted, but pedestrians and the workers who must ascend them are frequently injured and killed.

The lawyers at Barasch & McGarry help construction workers and innocent bystanders obtain compensation for injuries caused by defective or improperly installed scaffolding. As a New York law firm, we have seen so many resulting brain injuries, spinal injuries and deaths devastate families.

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Scaffolding Is A Top OSHA Violation

In 2018, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were 61 fatalities nationwide from scaffolding accidents, with more than 4,000 accidents occurring every year. Scaffolding is one of OSHA’s top most frequently cited construction hazards, showing that construction companies often take shortcuts when providing a safe environment for workers. 

Common scaffolding accidents include:

  • Planking or supports giving way
  • Employee slipping
  • Employee being struck by a falling objects and debris
  • Falls from elevation
  • Electrocution
  • Overloading with people or equipment
  • Poor weather

According to OSHA, scaffolds should be equipped with guardrails and fall-arrest systems, and employees should also be trained in their assembly, monitoring and use. To prevent objects from falling onto workers on a scaffold, panels, screens or canopies should be used. Construction companies should use electrocution prevention strategies and provide safe access via ladders and stairs.

Companies who fail to adhere to these rules may be fined by OSHA, but they may also be sued in civil court for their negligence.

What To Do If You Are Injured

If you are injured in a scaffolding accident, you should:

  • Seek medical attention
  • Report the accident to your supervisor
  • Note the details of the accident and the names of witnesses
  • Take photos, if possible
  • Contact a lawyer who has significant experience handling construction accidents

Most workplace accidents are covered by an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Yet often third parties, such as subcontractors, property owners and equipment manufacturers, are responsible for injuries and can be sued in court. These claims are separate from workers’ comp claims. Our attorneys have the resources to pursue every avenue of recovery related to injuries from supported scaffolds, suspended scaffolds and aerial lifts.

NYC Construction Accident Lawyers Who Know Scaffolding

Scaffolding accidents are among the most dangerous in construction work. We help injured workers obtain the compensation they so desperately need.

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For a free consultation with a Barasch & McGarry construction accident attorney, call 888-746-8212 or contact us online.

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