When a construction worker is injured on the job, the mostly likely cause — in 65% of the cases according to OSHA — is a result of improper use and installation of scaffolding.
Almost every type of construction job requires the use of scaffolding or ladders. Bricklayers, painters, electricians, welders, pipe fitters, you name it, work on ladders or scaffolding at one time or another.
According to OSHA, approximately 50 deaths a year, and more then 4,000 injuries, are a direct cause of faulty, defective, or improperly used scaffolding.
The most common causes of scaffolding and ladder accidents involve:
- Improper use of the equipment
- Improper installation
- A ladder with defective or missing feet
- A ladder that is not properly held or secured
- A ladder with broken or worn out rungs
It’s no surprise when accidents happen on, beneath and around ladders and scaffolding.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a ladder or scaffolding accident, contact the New York construction accident lawyers at Hess & Leibowitz. Our firm has been representing victims of workplace accidents for more than three decades. We have recovered money for our construction accident clients in 98% of the cases we have handled. The total dollars recovered on behalf of our construction worker clients has exceeded 50 million dollars.
Collectively our partners have well more than 50 years of experience representing victims of construction accidents including scaffolding accidents.