Scaffolding Accident Claims
Scaffolding is a necessity at many construction sites. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 65% of construction workers use scaffolding in their daily occupation. Because of this, OSHA carefully regulates scaffolding installation and maintenance to help prevent avoidable injuries to construction workers. Sadly, many construction companies ignore these regulations, and scaffolding collapses result in thousands of construction site accidents every year.
Causes of Scaffolding Accidents
Scaffolding accidents can be caused by several factors. Some of these causes include:
- Improper use of scaffolding
- Improper installation of scaffolding
- Defective components
- Inadequate maintenance
Injuries Caused by Scaffolding Accidents
When scaffolding collapses, a number of catastrophic personal injuries can occur – however, collapse is not the only danger posed. Unmaintained scaffolding can also result in a slip-and-fall, causing a worker to plummet towards the ground, suffering broken bones, spinal cord injury, brain injury, or even wrongful death.
Tools and equipment can also slide off of scaffolding, resulting in injuries caused by blunt impact to the head. Hardhats provide some level of protection, but they cannot always prevent injury when a heavy object falls off of high scaffolding.
Another common injury in scaffolding accidents is burn injury. This is particularly common and dangerous for electricians, painters, and others who work close to live wires. A scaffolding malfunction can result in electrical shock, or lead to an explosion or fire.
When you sustain an injury from a scaffolding accident, you deserve a tough and experienced construction accident lawyer in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia scaffolding accident attorneys at Wapner Newman are prepared to handle every aspect of your case. Our accident lawyers in Pennsylvania aggressively pursue the compensation you need and deserve to make a full recovery.
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, please contact Wapner Newman today for a free initial consultation with one of our construction accident attorneys in Philadelphia. Wapner Newman has offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Allentown, and Marlton.