REPRESENTATION FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS INJURED AT THE WORKPLACE
Scaffolding tools are a staple for construction work. They are temporary structures that are built during construction projects. They are usually made of metal poles and wooden planks. They allow construction workers to work on a building or structure at elevated heights. Although they are vital tools for constructing various projects, they can be very dangerous and must be used carefully.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), roughly 2.3 million workers work with or on scaffolding, which comprises 65% of the construction industry. Because more than half of construction workers work on scaffolds, there are certain safety regulations and protocols that must be followed. If employers violate these rules, it can lead to injuries or even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a fall from scaffolding, contact our San Antonio construction injury lawyers today. We offer free consultations.
Because scaffolding tools are so precarious, there are certain precautions that all employers should take.
OSHA requires the following for scaffolding:
- Scaffolding must be able to hold its own weight as well as four times that for the maximum intended weight.
- Each suspension rope must be able to hold six times the maximum intended load.
- A specialist must examine the scaffolding before each intended use to ensure that all material and structure is properly built and safe to use.
If you or a loved one experienced a fall from a scaffolding unit because of improper care or setup, contact our construction accident lawyers today. We can help review your case and inform you of your legal rights.
COMMON CAUSES FOR SCAFFOLDING FALLS
If not properly set up and maintained, scaffolding units can cause severe damage or even death. Common reasons for falls include:
- Scaffolding was not correctly assembled.
- Planks were too weak to support weight.
- Scaffold was too old and not properly inspected.
- Scaffolding lacked appropriate rails or protection from falls.
- There was oil or slippery material on the floor.
WHY YOU NEED AN INJURY ATTORNEY
If you or your loved one suffered injuries due to a fall from scaffolding, you may be able to fight for reparations. Often, employers try to convince injured employees to take workers' compensation only, when in fact the worker may be entitled to much more. You need lawyers who care and will take the time to evaluate the evidence thoroughly. When it comes to aggressively fighting for justice and employee rights, our San Antonio construction accident attorneys give it their all. Call today for a free consultation to learn your legal rights and options!