The truth is construction employees do not have the best jobs in the world. It is true that the pay is decent and most employers offer great benefits but have you ever thought about what these workers are compromising? According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, at least 49,000 people are injured from work related accidents per year, and almost 6,000 of them die, so that means that an average of 15 people dies every single day at work. According to statistics, more than 80 people are killed due to scaffolding accidents and over 10,000 injuries are recorded every year. Nearly 95 percent of all work related accidents involve men, most of them are working for construction companies.
What is a Scaffolding Accident?
Scaffolding is a device that construction workers use to climb up buildings. They are pieces of tube metal bars put together and they serve as a stepping ground for construction personnel to reach the elevated parts of a building. Some scaffolds use suspended platforms that are supported by ropes or other hanging materials.
Scaffolds are sturdy and can hold people’s weight easily and even some heavy materials carried by these people. The problem occurs if and when the scaffolding was not put together securely. In this case, the entire scaffolding construction will collapse and the people on top of it may fall down. Another common scaffolding accident is caused when workers are not wearing harnesses. They could fall off the scaffolding or accidentally drop something like a bucket of paint, screw -drivers and other materials that could cause injuries to the person under them. These accidents can happen in a matter of seconds, but the after effect could be devastating.
Most Common Scaffold Accident injuries
accidents usually involve falling off the scaffold or getting hit by falling objects. Some of the most common injuries attained from scaffolding accidents include broken limbs, broken neck, spine arms and legs because of lack of fall protection. Some crush injuries may also happen because of the instability of the scaffold or overloading. Head injuries may also be attained due to falling objects. Electrocution is also one of the most common scaffold injuries when the scaffolds were built on areas near power lines.
Civil Lawsuits against Scaffolding Accidents
After the injury, your medical insurance might kick in to cover all of your medical expenses and rehabilitation cost. Your worker’s compensation on the other hand will cover for the days off work. Now, if the injuries you attained led you to temporary disability and worse, permanent disability, your worker’s compensation will not be enough to cover for your loss of wages. What you can do is to talk to a qualified lawyer and tell them about your injuries. They will be able to help you get just the right amount to cover for all the damages you attained from the accident.
Lawyers have the ability dig out the dirt. If your company offered you something more than what
you expect, do no sign anything instead ask a lawyer about it. The amount offered to you is the settlement amount, if you accept the offer, then you are waiving all your rights to file a lawsuit. Lawyers can help you there.