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
Call Us to Learn How We Can Help
Our cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. If we accept your case,
there is no fee unless we recover damages for you. For a
free consultation with our New York personal injury attorneys, please call 212-406-1700 or
contact us online.
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
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.