Scaffolds are a common part of many construction sites and work sites. They are very carefully built in order to ensure safety and stability for those who have to work on them. Yet there are times when even the safest work site it subject to accidents and negligence on the part of companies. It's for that reason that workers' compensation laws are in place. These will help ensure that workers injured on the job are given the assistance they need as they recover and recuperate.
We want to focus on bit more on the nature of scaffolding accidents and why they should be taken seriously by injured workers.
What does a scaffolding accident refer to?
In essence, a scaffolding accident refers to a broad range of accidents that occur on, around, or as a result of a worker scaffold. This can affect the workers themselves or pedestrians and bystanders who happen to be nearby.
Some of the most common kinds of scaffolding accidents are covered below.
Injuries Caused by Falls from Scaffolding
Some of the most serious scaffolding accidents involve workers falling off of the scaffold. This is especially serious when the scaffold is built around or alongside a tall structure. Falls from high places will often result in major injuries, possibly causing paralysis. The likelihood of death is also high in these sorts of cases.
Injuries Caused by Falling Objects from Scaffolding
Another common issue seen in a number of construction accidents is objects falling from great heights onto people below. This might mean small tools or even large industrial equipment. Regardless the size of the object, serious head injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be the result of such accidents.
Injuries Caused by Slips and Trips on Scaffolding
Scaffolds can be dangerous places due to bad weather conditions or potential tripping and slipping hazards. These small slips and trips can be bad enough on their own, yet they can also contribute to falls off of the scaffold.
Injuries Caused Scaffolding Collapse
The rarest and the most deadly kinds of scaffolding accidents involve total failure of the scaffold. If the scaffold collapses, it can harm the workers occupying the landings as well as workers and bystanders in the vicinity. Catastrophic injuries are often the result of these sorts of terrible accidents.
How Our Legal Team Can Assist Injured Workers
If you are a worker who has been denied worker's compensation as a result of legitimate injuries from a scaffolding accident, we will fight to ensure that you receive the worker's compensation that you are due. Many times it is worker's comp that allows injured employees to sustain themselves without undue financial burden.
In addition, we will take time to analyze the circumstances of the scaffolding accident to see if there was negligence on the part of the construction company regarding the scaffolding and its placement. Sometimes a person's own employer puts them through unnecessary risks, and in those cases the employer needs to be held responsible so that such tragedies do not befall others in the future.
Learn More About Workplace Injury Cases
For more information about scaffolding accidents and other kinds of workplace injuries that can result in serious injury, be sure to contact our Komodo and Indianapolis work injury lawyers today. Our legal team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you learn more about your legal options.