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5 Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

October 7th, 2015 at 10:05 am

scaffold, workers' compensation, Chicago workers' compensation attorneyScaffold accidents are among the leading causes of injuries in the construction industry. According to the Department of Labor, at least 65 percent of the country’s 2.3 million construction workers make use of these platforms. Of those injured in scaffold accidents, 72 percent attributed the incident to a malfunction in the support or planking, the worker slipping, or an injury due to a falling object.

The most common causes of scaffolding accidents are:

  1.       Jumping on scaffolding;
  2.       Improper use of scaffolding;
  3.       Damaged scaffold parts;
  4.       Poor installation of the scaffold; and
  5.       Improper construction of the scaffold.

Previous Cases

In 2014, three construction workers were injured in Illinois when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed, sending them plummeting down two stories. When OSHA inspected the accident, the organization found that the planks used as part of the scaffolding were not strong enough to support the weight of the workers. OSHA fined the company $294,500.

In addition to the construction company, a third party may also be considered responsible for a scaffolding accident under the OSH Act. According to inspectors, the third party – a second company linked to the construction company – had enough control over the primary company’s practices to be responsible for the safety of its workers.

Who Is Liable for Your Injuries Following a Scaffold Accident?

If you were injured during a scaffold accident while on the job, you are entitled to seek out workers’ compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance company. Additionally, if the scaffolding was poorly installed by a third-party or constructed using damaged parts, you may also have a personal-injury claim against the liable party.

If you have been injured in a scaffold accident, then you should call a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Our team will evaluate your case and determine if pursuing a workers’ compensation claim is in your best interests. Mr. Discipio of the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio has access to a network of medical professionals, as well as the knowledge and resources to find success in court. Call 630-574-2288 to schedule a consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/construction.html

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