Worker injuries caused by falling from scaffolds are one of the most common types of accidents that occur on construction sites or work sites in Los Angeles. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are approximately 2.3 million construction workers–or 65 percent of all workers in the construction industry–who work on scaffolds. While they are essential for performing tasks at heights, workers are also put at risk of injury.
If you or someone you love has been injured while working on a scaffold, reach out to Greenberg & Ruby, LLP. We can discuss your options for compensation in a free consultation.
WHY Call Greenberg & Ruby, LLP?
- Since 2017, Greenberg & Ruby, LLP has recovered more than $4 million in compensation for those injured in scaffolding accidents.
- They will take your case to trial if need be, to secure you a fair settlement.
- They often litigate tough cases referred to them by other attorneys who trust them to obtain results for their clients.
SCAFFOLDING ACCIDENT CAUSES
Scaffold accidents occur for a number of reasons, but they are almost always preventable. Some of the top scaffolding accident causes include:
- Failing to properly equip scaffolds (i.e. missing toeboards);
- Lack of guardrails;
- Lack of training on how to properly use scaffolds;
- Work on scaffolds is poorly managed or overseen;
- Poor scaffold design;
- Scaffold planking or support failing; or
- A falling object.
There are an estimated 4,500 injuries, and 60 construction worker deaths related to scaffold accidents each year. The last two causes listed are attributed to 72 percent of workers injured in accidents involving scaffolds. Another potential reason why an incident may occur is extreme weather conditions, such as heavy rain or severe winds.
OSHA SCAFFOLD REGULATIONS
OSHA and other regulatory bodies have safety regulations designed to protect workers from scaffold accidents. Unfortunately, these regulations only work when they are followed. General contractors as well as building owners are required to make sure there is safety equipment for workers to use when working on high-elevation platforms or close to a drop-off or excavated area. These include safe scaffolding, properly maintained hoists, safe and sturdy ladders, and safety harnesses or lanyards.
POTENTIALLY LIABLE PARTIES
When a scaffolding accident occurs, many other individuals on top of the general contractor can be held accountable for the injury. This can include the manufacturers, subcontractors and vendors. This is because you may be able to attribute fault to one or more of these parties, citing negligence on their part. An attorney can help you determine the best course of action, and we will do this for no cost. In fact, when we take on a case, we only charge legal fees once we win money on your behalf. You may be able to sue for various damages, such as:
- Medical bills
- Ongoing care and physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential
- Physical scarring & disfigurement
- Emotional distress
SPEAK WITH A LOS ANGELES SCAFFOLDING ACCIDENT LAWYER Today
It's important to seek out the services of an experienced Los Angeles scaffolding attorney, as they can help you determine your case's worth. Greenberg & Ruby, LLP attorneys will also work tirelessly to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court, if at all possible. Contact them today at (323) 782-0535 for your free consultation to discuss how they can help you with your situation.