Scaffold Falls and Collapses
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 20 percent of nonfatal construction worker injuries come from falls. Falling from scaffolds is a common source of construction injuries. Unfortunately, scaffold falls can cause catastrophic or fatal injuries. New York Labor Law Section 240 provides for damages for workers injured in elevation-related accidents, including accidents that involve worker falls and accidents caused by falling objects that strike workers.
If you or a family member has been injured in a fall from a scaffold, ladder or other construction equipment while working at a construction site or by a falling object at a construction site, Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P., can help. We represent injury victims and their families in New York City and the surrounding area. Our attorneys are experienced with construction accident claims involving injury and wrongful death.
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How Do Scaffolding Accidents Happen?
Construction sites may feature multiple types of scaffolds, including suspension, supported, single- and multipoint, hoist, interior-hung, elevator false car, and masons’ scaffolding. Injuries can occur when scaffolding is improperly assembled, causing collapse or a worker fall. Falls often also occur due to the failure to couple use of the scaffold with proper fall protection equipment such as lanyards, lifelines and safety nets. Sometimes an accident is due not to scaffold failure, but to a falling object hitting a worker on the scaffold. In addition, contact with power lines can cause electric shock and death by electrocution.
Though they look deceptively simple, scaffolds have numerous parts and must be set up correctly to maintain balance and support the weight of workers and materials. Accidents such as scaffold collapses and falls can happen when there are problems with the guardrails, cross bracing, midrails, footings, planking and decking of platforms, ties and braces, counterweights, load capacity or faulty access to the platform.
Injuries From Scaffolding Accidents
Injuries from falls and collapses may include:
These injuries may be serious, resulting in problems such as broken or crushed bones, nerve damage and torn ligaments or tendons. In very serious cases, a worker may suffer catastrophic brain damage resulting in a vegetative state or coma. Spinal injuries may cause paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia.
Contact a New York Scaffolding Fall Lawyer
We seek compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and related expenses. You can rely on our experience and diligence when pursuing serious injury claims. For a free consultation, please call 212-406-1700 or contact us online.