Scaffold Accident Attorney Straight Talk: Scaffold Accidents, Injuries and Deaths

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Scaffolds are temporary platforms built by workers on commercial and industrial construction sites so the workers can work at heights out of their reach. Carpenters, chimney makers, painters, masons, bricklayers, miners, and electricians all use scaffolds to elevate themselves in their respective trades.

According to OSHA, over there are over 75 scaffold accident deaths a year in the United States. And there are approximately 9,750 scaffold-related injuries per year in America. Importantly, 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. The one thing each of these accidents all have in common is that they were entirely preventable. Truth is, workers don't get injured or killed in scaffold accidents unless someone violated established scaffold safety rules and regulations.

OSHA states, an estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds frequently. Alarmingly, OSHA has concluded that over 25% of workers whom erect scaffolding have had no training. Only 33% of all erected scaffolding is erected with a guard rail.

Scaffold Work Hazards

Hazards related to scaffold work include:

* Scaffold Collapse

* Falling off or from scaffold

* Tools / objects falling off scaffold

* Electrical shock/ electrocution

The following are types of accidents that continue to injure and kill employees working on scaffolds:

* Two workers were doing roof work on a a pump jack scaffold. . The scaffold became overloaded and broke. The two employees fell 12 feet to the ground, resulting in one death and one seriously injured.

* Two workers were erecting an aluminum pump jack scaffold. As they were erecting the scaffolding a pole contacted an overhead power line. The line was approximately 11 feet from the house. One employee died and the other was hospitalized with severe burns. The power lines had not been de-energized or shielded.

* A foreman was checking on a worker that was sandblasting from a 45 foot high tubular welded frame scaffold. The scaffold was not equipped with guardrails and there was no access ladder. While climbing back down the foreman was killed when he fell from the unguarded platform.

Based upon the foregoing, OSHA has understandably determined that employees using scaffolds are exposed to a significant risk of harm. Scaffold related fatalities still account for approximately 9% of all fatalities on construction sites.

Conclusion

All scaffold accidents are preventable. All employers and their employees using scaffolds in the construction industry must be familiar with the OSHA Scaffold Standards.

Disclaimer

This article is not legal advice. It is simplistic in order to be clear. Any resemblance herein to real cases or events is purely coincidental. If you or a family member is involved in a serious injury scaffold accident or fatal scaffold accident, you should consult with a Scaffold Accident Attorney. Remember, whenever you bring a court case for money, your credibility is always at issue. Always tell the truth.

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Bill Turley is a California Scaffold Accident Attorney and San Diego Scaffold Accident Lawyer. Bill was elected President of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. The Turley Law Firm has the most comprehensive work injury website in California.

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This article was published on 2010/12/18