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What You Should Know About Scaffold Accidents, Injuries, and Death


Posted on October 21, 2020 by

Scaffolding is necessary at many construction sites to enable workers to reach high locations, provide a working platform, and offer a place to store materials. However, scaffolding is also a major source of accidents at construction sites and often results in devastating injuries to workers who were just trying to do their jobs.

Here is some information about scaffolding accidents and how to know if you should pursue a wrongful death case on behalf of a loved one who was involved in this type of tragedy.

Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffold accidents, injuries, and deaths are often caused when the scaffolding supports break because they are defective or assembled improperly. Construction workers and even other people just walking by can trip over scaffolding. Ordinary citizens may have an accident claim due to scaffolding due to a landlord’s negligence, for example.

Slips and trips often occur when the scaffolding is slippery due to weather, where it lacks guardrails, or when workers have not properly been trained for the job they are doing. Winter weather makes scaffolding even more dangerous than it usually is for workers and pedestrians. If a person or company places scaffolding too close to a power line, electrocution can occur. Workers who are careless, overloaded scaffolds, falling objects, and using damaged scaffolding for a project can all lead to serious injuries and even death.

Common Injuries and Scaffolding Accidents

Because scaffolding is placed at high levels and often around dangerous materials and wiring, very serious injuries can occur. Unfortunately, death scaffold cases are far too common here in New York. Some of the most common injuries due to scaffolding accidents include spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Many people break bones due to scaffolding accidents, suffer from severe cuts and scrapes, and paralysis is possible in severe situations.

Many of these injuries can be prevented with the proper training of construction workers and ensuring that workers have the appropriate safety gear. Businesses that use scaffolding must inspect it regularly for defects, replace worn-out materials, and take the time to construct it properly according to OSHA standards.

Wrongful Death Cases for Scaffolding Accidents

Dozens of people die each year because of scaffolding-related accidents, which prompts the question of whether a wrongful death case can and should be pursued. A wrongful death case may be appropriate if a person dies in a scaffolding accident due to the fault of another person. If you believe that someone’s negligence was to blame for such a death, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney right away.

Various parties may be entitled to make a wrongful death claim, such as a surviving spouse, children, separated spouse in some situations, life partners, financial dependents, putative spouses and even distant family members. Compensation from a wrongful death case can help with the many expenses associated with the passing of a loved one, including lost wages and benefits, medical expenses, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, and household services.

Get Help with Your Injury or Death Scaffold Case

In addition to pursuing a wrongful death case because of a scaffolding incident, you may also be able to pursue a personal injury claim and a workers’ compensation claim. The Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum can help you with your scaffolding-related case, regardless of whether you were the victim, a loved one was the victim, or if the accident resulted in injuries or death. Based on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to bring a civil claim against one or more parties for failing to prevent a scaffolding injury or causing it through negligent actions.

Call us anytime 24/7 at 718-237-5586 to speak with an attorney about your scaffolding matter. You can also contact us online to learn more about how we can help you be successful in recovering the maximum monetary award and settlement for an injured person.

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How to Prevent Construction Accidents


Posted on November 27, 2018 by

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries. Across all of NYC, one of every five worker deaths occurs in the construction industry. Specifically, in 2015, New York City’s Building Department (NYBD) recorded eight fatal construction-related accidents just in 2015, the highest it has been since the 2008 boom. Every day, construction workers subject themselves to the dangers of heights, heavy machinery, electricity, and power tools. Anyone of these elements can lead to injury or death.

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Understanding Crane Accidents


Posted on September 21, 2018 by

Construction sites tend to be very dangerous due to the heavy equipment often found there. This equipment includes huge cranes. Tower cranes and overhead cranes are often found on construction sites, particularly those for skyscrapers and other tall buildings.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Roofing Accidents


Posted on May 24, 2018 by

Construction is one of the most dangerous job industries. There are so many elements involved, such as electricity, heights, tools and machinery. One of the most dangerous is heights, particularly roofing. Working on a roof is no easy task, especially when inclement weather is involved. One of the biggest concerns for roofers is traumatic brain injuries.

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OSHA Fall Protection Rules and Regulations


Posted on March 31, 2018 by

Safety is one of the most important considerations in any construction project. To be sure, construction incorporates electricity, heights, and machinery, making it one of the most dangerous industries. In fact, it has the third-highest rate of workplace fatalities.

Accidents happen quite often, even when there are supervisors on hand. Many of these accidents involve falls. Falls account for 30 percent of fatalities in the construction industry.

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Electrocution Accidents at NYC Construction Sites


Posted on September 14, 2017 by

When you think of construction accidents, the things that come to mind may include machinery accidents, power tool injuries or falls. However, one of the most common construction accidents is electrocution. In the United States, electrocution is the fourth most common cause of death among construction workers.

Electrocution often leads to critical injuries and even death. Read on to learn how electrocution affects construction workers in New York.

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Occupational Exposure to Lead in the Construction Industry


Posted on June 14, 2017 by

Working in the construction industry is the leading cause of lead poisoning in adults. In New York, many buildings are older and contain lead paint, lead pipes, lead in the glaze of ceramic floor tiles, and lead in items around the building, such as ceramic products and jewelry.

OSHA has guidelines in place to protect construction industry workers from lead exposure on the job. When an employer violates these guidelines, workers can suffer from the effects of lead poisoning. Those who suffer from financial damages as a result of their exposure can seek compensation for their damages through construction accident claims.

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Keep Safe with New York City’s New Sidewalk Shed Map


Posted on May 16, 2017 by

The New York City Building Department recently released a new map – included below – showing the location, age, size, and type of each piece of scaffolding in the city. The types listed on the map include construction scaffolding, maintenance scaffolding, and scaffolding on buildings designated as Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP). Pedestrians and cyclists can use this map to plan their routes to avoid scaffolding when they can and when they cannot, to traverse through these areas safely.

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Know the Hazards of Job Site Machinery and Protect Yourself


Posted on November 17, 2016 by

If you are employed in the construction industry, you know how dangerous your job can be. Acknowledging this fact, do you and your colleagues take steps to protect yourselves from injury in the workplace? There are many ways you can reduce your chance of suffering an injury, one of which is educating yourself about the risks you face and who is liable in various injury scenarios. If you are injured at work, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Then, work with an experienced construction accident lawyer to determine who is liable for your damages and how to seek compensation for them.

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SmartSite Technology Seeks to Improve Safety for Construction Workers


Posted on October 16, 2016 by

Construction workers face a number of hazards every day. While working with large pieces of machinery and the risk of falls from heights are some of the most common dangers, other risks include exposure to harmful chemicals, exposure to dust and air pollution, and exposure to unsafe levels of noise and vibrations. These exposures may lead to respiratory illnesses, loss of hearing, skin conditions, and numerous other health problems.

While the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has imposed strict guidelines regarding worker safety and safety standards, injuries and deaths still occur at an alarming rate. To mitigate risks and increase workers’ safety, SmartSite has developed innovative technology to help the construction industry track hazards and take action to protect workers from harm.

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