Workplace Injury: Scaffolding Accident
Every year, thousands of construction workers are injured due to scaffolding accidents. Scaffolds are temporary frameworks that allow construction workers to reach high places. Although there are strict federal and state regulations for employees to follow, scaffolding accidents still occur. It’s important for construction workers to understand what steps to take in the event they are injured in a scaffolding accident.
Steps to Take After a Scaffolding Accident
Once a scaffolding accident happens, the first step to take is to determine if anyone is suffering any injuries. Injuries vary from mild to fatal. If anyone is in critical condition, then it’s essential to call an ambulance immediately.
The second step is to seek medical attention once the amount of injuries is determined. Even if injury symptoms don’t appear instantly, it’s still important to seek medical care in case there are hidden injuries, such as brain damage or internal injuries. Gathering all medical documents is crucial when filing a worker’s compensation or scaffolding accident claim.
The third step to take is to file an official report before any essential details are forgotten. This will help the legal process run smoother when filing a scaffolding accident claim.
The fourth step is to seek a law firm that has experienced attorneys to help with the legal process. It’s critical that injured victims do not sign any work documents until an attorney looks over them to ensure they are receiving maximum compensation for all damages and losses. Even if an individual qualifies to receive worker’s compensation, he or she can also file a personal injury claim, or his or her loved one can file a wrongful death claim.
Preventing Scaffolding Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues updated guidelines when necessary to ensure employers maintain safe working conditions. Some important safety measures that employers must follow is to make sure the appropriate scaffold is being used for the specific task at hand. Employers must also make sure scaffolding tools and materials are kept at least ten feet away from power lines. Employers must inform their construction site managers to keep scaffolds on mudsills or baseplates. It’s vital that scaffolding planks are placed close to each other. All of the metal components of a scaffold should be inspected for rust, broken welds, holes, and other issues as frequently as possible. Employers have to make sure that employees are given safe access to scaffolding. All workers should be wearing hard hats in the event materials fall. Any wooden planks with splits or tears larger than a quarter inch have to be reported. Following these guidelines will help protect employees from scaffolding accidents.
At Los Angeles Group, our attorneys have experience in representing clients who suffered injuries in scaffolding accidents. We’re aware that injuries can be severe, catastrophic, or even fatal. We do everything within our power to make sure our clients receive compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, emotional distress, and mental anguish. If you, or someone you love, received injuries in a scaffolding accident, call (310) 954-7248.