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Construction Workers Injured When Scaffolding Collapses at Long Island Construction Site

Six construction workers in Queens were injured after scaffolding at the worksite collapsed. The accident reportedly occurred the morning of June 26 just before 11 a.m., between 42nd Road and Queens Plaza South. Scaffolding had been set up on the fifth floor of the building. Fortunately, the injuries were likely non-life threatening.

The New York City Department of Buildings responded to the scene and, as is customary, will perform a thorough analysis of the site and building to determine their structural integrity. There was no initial information released regarding what caused the collapse of the scaffolding.

OSHA has strict rules on scaffold safety

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stringent regulations on scaffold safety to ensure the safe construction, use and maintenance of the equipment. Some examples of scaffold regulations from the agency include the following:

  • All scaffolds must be at least four times the anticipated weight needed for the job
  • Scaffolds should not be supported by barrels, loose brick or other loose objects
  • Planking on scaffolds should overlap by a minimum of one foot
  • Planks should extend over each end support by between six and 18 inches
  • There must be overhead protection provided when work is conducted above the scaffolding
  • Workers should not allow tools, debris or other materials to accumulate on a scaffold

In many cases, injured workers may file claims through their employers’ workers’ compensation insurance. However, to be compensated for pain and suffering and permanent disability, it is necessary to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Many construction accidents are controlled by the NYS Labor Law which has strict regulations in controlling work site safety. These rules are complex and you should consult an experienced Labor Law attorney to help you navigate these claims.

For more information on how to proceed if you’ve suffered a construction accident injury, contact a dedicated attorney with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia.