Scaffolding Accidents

Illinois Construction Accident Lawyer

 

Scaffolds are temporary platforms that allow construction workers to reach heights that are ordinarily out of reach.  An estimated 65% of construction workers, such as bricklayers, painters, miners and electricians use scaffolds frequently to perform their trades, according to the Department of Labor.

Unfortunately, scaffolding accidents can occur and, due to the perilous working environment that scaffolding creates, the accidents often result in serious injuries and even deaths.  In 2007 alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 88 deaths as a result of scaffolding accidents.  The vast majority – nearly 72%, according to a Bureau of Labor and Statistics study – are attributed to either the planking giving way or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object.

Many, if not all, of these causes can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.  According to the Department of Labor, protecting construction workers from scaffolding accidents would prevent 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths every year, at a savings for American employers of $90 million in workdays not lost.

Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents

Scaffolding accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Improper use of scaffold
  • Improper installation of the scaffold
  • Jumping on scaffold
  • Defective scaffold components
  • Improper construction of scaffold

Liability for Injuries Incurred in Scaffolding Accidents

If a construction worker is injured in a scaffolding accident while on the job, he or she is entitled to seek worker’s compensation benefits through the employer’s insurance company.  In addition, if the scaffolding was defectively manufactured or improperly installed by a third-party other than the construction worker’s employer, the injured construction worker may have a personal injury claim against the negligent third party.

Lake County personal injury and worker’s compensation attorney Bogdan Martinovich is well-versed in both personal injury and worker’s compensation laws and he has the experience necessary to advocate on your behalf for the compensation and benefits that you need and deserve following a scaffolding accident.  If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a scaffolding accident, contact the experienced Illinois scaffolding accident attorney Bogdan Martinovich at (847) 996-1350 to learn more about your rights and remedies following a scaffolding accident.