A construction accident can be deadly, especially if it involves falls or collapsing items. Scaffolding is used often, and it provides room for workers to sit or stand while they work at heights well above normal. Scaffolding is safe, in most cases, but high winds and awkward positioning can lead to people, things, or platforms blowing away or off the platform, causing injury. Construction accidents can happen at any time, with or without poor weather conditions, so it’s important to stay safe and try to prevent injury.
If you’ve been affected by a scaffolding collapse, contact us. We can help you understand your legal rights to compensation for pain and suffering, medical treatment, and more.
Scaffolding is used in construction work to provide workers with a firm place to stand while they work at heights that would be otherwise hard to manage. Some scaffolding is used for:
- Painters – painters can use scaffolding to help while they paint walls or the outside of buildings.
- Roofers – roofers may use scaffolding to hold their equipment or provide extra standing room.
- Window washers – in cities, windows may need to be cleaned for many stories. Scaffolding gives window cleaners a way to feel secure while they wash the windows, instead of hanging by ropes or trying to reach the window from inside.
Of course, there are many reasons companies use scaffolding. If you believe that the scaffolding you used caused your injuries, contact us for a consultation.
Working on Scaffolding
You may know that construction workers are not legally allowed to work in unsafe conditions. For instance, if it is thunderstorming or there are high winds, it would be considered unsafe to work on scaffolding. A competent person must determine that the scaffolding is safe at the time it is being used, and workers should be protected with a personal fall arrest system. If there is no personal fall arrest system, then there should be wind screens that prevent them from being literally blown away.
What Do I Do if I’ve Been Injured?
The first thing anyone should be concerned about is his or her health and wellbeing. Make sure you:
- Get medical attention – falls from stories up in the air can cause serious injuries, like broken bones, concussions, or death from bleeding or impact. Make sure that, if you’re able, you seek medical attention immediately. Let a doctor check you out and determine your injuries.
- Report the accident – report the accident to your business or company, and make sure the police are aware in cases where paramedics are involved. It’s important to have the situation documented.
- Find those who saw the accident and ask them to report their viewpoint. Knowing that others saw and how they reacted can help determine the type of accident you were involved in. It will also help others decide if the workplace was safe to begin with or if the accident was just a fluke.
- Make sure you take the correct steps to claim workers’ compensation. If you don’t now, sometimes it is hard to collect it later. This is based on a certain amount of time after an accident in some cases.
If you would like more information on your legal rights after an accident, contact us. We can help you understand what rights you have after your accident and whether you have a case for compensation to cover your injuries and pain and suffering.
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