Recent Scaffolding Collapses in NYC
Scaffolding is everywhere in New York City. You can walk down nearly any street and see scaffolds above the sidewalk, blocking the sunlight and any falling precipitation from the people walking below. These scaffolds exist to support construction workers working on the upper floors of buildings and to protect those below from falling objects and materials. Sometimes, scaffolds collapse, injuring workers and pedestrians.
A scaffolding collapse can leave a victim seriously injured and potentially facing permanent disability or death. In cases where the collapse could have been prevented with better care, the victim can seek compensation for his or her damages through a construction accident claim.
Statistics and Facts About Scaffolding Collapses in NYC
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 65 percent of construction workers use scaffolds frequently. A few other relevant facts and statistics include:
- The percentage of worker fatalities attributed to slip, trip, and fall accidents is higher in New York City than the national average;
- Approximately 2.3 million construction workers work on scaffolding regularly;
- According to OSHA estimates, taking greater care to prevent scaffolding accidents can prevent 4,500 injuries and save up to 50 lives each year; and
- Taking care to prevent scaffolding accidents can save American employers $90 million every year by eliminating the loss of production that comes with worker injuries.
How Can Workers be Hurt in Scaffolding Collapses?
There are many different ways a worker can be injured when a scaffold collapses. Falling to the ground can result in a worker breaking one or more bones, suffering a traumatic brain injury, or being cut from contact with sharp falling objects or objects on the ground. Less extreme injuries workers can suffer in this type of accident include:
- Friction burns; and
- Bruises and scars.
Who is Liable for Scaffolding Collapse Injuries?
The party who constructed and has the duty to maintain a scaffold is liable for damages that occur from preventable accidents. When a worker’s company constructs a scaffold and he or she is then injured while working, the worker can file a Workers’ Compensation claim to recover compensation for his or her medical bills and part of his or her lost wages. When a third party constructs a scaffold, this party is liable for any damages a victim incurs. In a case like this, the victim may file a personal injury claim. Unlike a Workers’ Compensation claim, a personal injury claim requires the victim to demonstrate that his or her injury was due to another party’s negligence.
Work with an Experienced New York Construction Accident Lawyer
If you have suffered a workplace injury, you can seek compensation for your damages through a construction accident claim. To learn more, contact The Robert A. Koenigsberg Law Office today to set up your initial consultation with an experienced construction accident lawyer in our office. During your consultation, we can go over your case and answer any questions you have about the construction accident claim process.