Scaffolding and Construction Accidents
Construction is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous lines of work. Every year, thousands of construction workers are injured on the job. While these injuries vary in severity, many construction accidents cause catastrophic injuries, or even wrongful death.
Construction accidents involving scaffolding tend to be particularly dangerous, since they often involve people or objects falling from significant heights. Construction accident lawyer Michael E. Shelton can help injury victims in the Houston, TX-area collect financial compensation for damages related to scaffolding injuries.
Scaffolding in the Field of Construction
Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is assembled on the outside of a building or object to allow construction workers to build or repair at various heights along the project. Scaffolding is typically fabricated using a series of vertical metal poles connected by numerous metal or wooden planks.
Scaffolding is used regularly on construction sites. If a building or object of any significant size is being built or worked on, scaffolding will likely be necessary. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, approximately 2.3 million construction workers work on scaffolds each year. This accounts for around 65 percent of workers in the construction industry.
Accidents Involving Scaffolding
While there are numerous OSHA regulations in place to protect worker safety, scaffolding accidents still occur somewhat regularly. OSHA reports that taking measures to save construction workers from scaffolding accidents could prevent 4,500 injuries and over 60 deaths each year.
Construction accidents involving scaffolding that may leave our Houston clients suffering from physical, emotional, and/or financial damages include:
- Scaffolding supports or planks giving way
- Structure collapse
- Slipping or falling from scaffolding
- Objects falling from scaffolding and hitting people below
What Causes Scaffolding Accidents?
As with any other type of construction accident, most of the accidents involving scaffolding are preventable. Scaffolding accidents are often the result of insufficient training, a lack of safety precautions, or faulty equipment. Specific errors that can lead to scaffolding accidents include:
- Improperly assembled scaffolding
- Faulty parts and/or equipment in scaffolding
- Wet, slippery surfaces
- Failure to use a safety harness
- Insufficient safety guardrails
- Unsecured tools and/or equipment
- Placing scaffolding and/or equipment too close to electric lines
Compensation for Accident Damages
When a person is injured in a construction accident, and the accident is the result of reckless or negligent behavior, they have the right to seek financial compensation for their losses. The damages of a construction accident involving scaffolding tend to be significant, because injuries are often severe.
Houston lawyer Michael E. Shelton considers all of his client’s losses when pursuing compensation in a construction accident case. Damages that should be accounted for in a construction accident settlement include medical expenses (past, current, and future), loss of income or a loss of wage-earning potential, and pain and suffering.
Get In Touch
If you have been injured in a construction accident, the services of attorney Michael E. Shelton can prove invaluable as you seek compensation for your damages. To discuss the details of your case with our legal team, send us a message online or call (713) 807-0700 at your earliest convenience.