The Unfortunate Statistics Behind Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffolding accidents are a common occupational hazard for construction employees. Obviously, a fall from towering scaffolding is likely to cause serious harm or death. For that reason, if you’ve been injured in a scaffolding fall, you need experienced representation like you’ll find at Phillips Law Offices. We can help you sort through your options to find the best way to protect your rights.

How you might be injured on scaffolding

Scaffolding is dangerous. Numerous things can cause scaffolding to collapse, including:

  • Equipment or debris that has fallen from above
  • A collision with a crane, forklift or truck
  • Ladder failure
  • No safety devices, such as safety nets, safety lines, guardrails or fall arrest systems
  • Manufacturing flaws or defects in the design
  • Improper use of safety equipment
  • Safety equipment failure
  • Planks that slip
  • Unsafe conditions

Scaffolding accident statistics

  • Some 4,500 workers are injured every year in scaffolding falls. About 50 of those injuries result in death.
  • One out of every 10 work-related deaths is caused by a fall.
  • Scaffolds and ladders are involved in approximately 40 percent of injuries caused by falling.
  • Falls are the most common cause of construction-related deaths in the United States.

If correct safety precautions are followed, the majority of falls can be prevented. Usually, accidents occur when employers try to save money and time by cutting corners. Improper training of employees is another reason for scaffolding accidents.

If you were injured in a scaffolding mishap, contact Phillips Law Offices. We’ll investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury to build an effective case so that you get the compensation you deserve. We know how to present the evidence and enlist the testimony of expert product engineers, doctors and other authorities to help you win your case and obtain rightful compensation.