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Construction Work and Scaffolding Accidents

Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Although regulatory standards are in place to ensure worker safety, accidents frequently happen.

Scaffolding accidents are some of the deadliest incidents in construction. Because scaffolding is often placed at great height, workers must take extra care to avoid injuries. Here are some of the most common types of scaffolding accidents and injuries.

Common types of scaffolding accidents

Falls are the deadliest type of scaffolding injury. Even construction workers who survive a fall are likely to experience catastrophic injuries. Slippery surfaces, objects on the scaffolding and failure to properly use safety equipment are common causes of falls.

When scaffolding collapses, it can injure the workers on the structure as well as people below. This can happen when the scaffolding is improperly constructed, or when the company fails to regularly inspect and maintain the structure.

Finally, falling objects can cause severe injury to people below. Workers should take care to secure tools and other loose objects in order to avoid causing harm to others.

Common scaffolding accident injuries

Some of the most common scaffolding injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Punctures and lacerations
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Amputation
  • Crush injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety

If you’re injured in a scaffolding accident, working with an experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney can ensure you receive the maximum compensation available. Most construction workers will have to pursue workers’ compensation, but when a third party is responsible for the accident, they may be able to file a personal injury claim as well.

To find out more about your legal options, reach out to the skilled personal injury attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP today.