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Scaffolding Accidents: Construction Accidents and Serious Falls

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on July 26, 2014

Construction workers up on a scaffoldChanfrau & Chanfrau has helped countless injury victims throughout Central Florida. As skilled attorneys, we never take injury accidents for granted given the repercussions they may have on your quality of life. Whether helping clients with premises liability cases that involve injury from slip and fall accidents or major motor vehicle collision cases, we will be here for you.

We want to focus on one particular kind of construction accident that can prove serious for both construction workers and innocent pedestrians: scaffolding accidents.

About Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffolding accidents refer to any kinds of dangerous incidents that occur on or around scaffolding. One of the most common kinds of injury incidents is falls, whether this involves a person falling from construction scaffolding or objects falling from a scaffold. Scaffolding can also break or collapse, leading to major injuries to anyone and serious damage to anything in the vicinity of the worksite.

Dangers to Construction Workers

When a construction worker is on a scaffold, he or she runs major risks of injury. This is especially the case when working on a large or high scaffold. Even from a scaffold of relatively low heights, injuries are possible.

Dangers to Innocent Bystanders and Passersby

People working on the scaffold are not the only potential victims of injury. Pedestrians and innocents passersby may also be harmed due to falls from scaffolding, objects falling from scaffolding, or a collapse of a scaffold. Since bystanders are less likely to have hardhats or protective gear like construction workers, these kinds of incidents may result in very severe injuries.

How Construction Companies Can Ensure Safety

Construction companies should keep safety in mind at all times. Scaffolding should be made properly with a secure base that will not budge or break as a result of normal use or inclement weather. Care needs to be taken when erecting such structures to prevent collapse of any kind.

With regard to workers, construction companies should provide employees with proper safety equipment, such as safety lines. It's ideal for workers to be paired with other employees to help ensure safety and help prevent potential slips or falls. Objects that could drop and cause head trauma should be kept well away from ledges.

With regard to pedestrians, construction companies should restrict access to potentially dangerous areas of a scaffold and provide walkways that bypass these hazardous sections. Providing warning signs is also helpful and helps make passersby aware of potential dangers in the area.

Helping Injury Victims Receive Just Compensation

If you or a loved one experiences an injury as a result of a scaffolding accident, it's important that the negligent party be held responsible. This applies to construction workers as well as people who are simply passing by a construction site. Our attorneys will make sure that construction companies that acted negligently in the creation of a scaffold are held accountable and properly taken to task.

Assisting Injured Employees with Workers' Compensation Disputes

Sometimes after an employee suffers a scaffolding injury, the worker will be denied workers' compensation benefits. Legitimate injury claims should not be denied, which is why our legal team will work closely with you to ensure you receive the compensation that you deserve following an injury at a worksite.

Speak with Our Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone that you love has been injured in a serious accident, it's important that you contact our personal injury law firm today. By meeting with the team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, you will be able to receive sound legal counsel and peace of mind during the litigation process.

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