Scaffolding Accidents

In Frederick County, one construction worker was killed and another was injured when scaffolding collapsed at an elementary school construction site, according to WJLA Washington. The victim who lost his life fell 25 feet onto the ground, while the injured worker suffered an injury to his leg. Both were subcontractors, meaning that their workers’ compensation benefits/death benefits will likely be the responsibility of the subcontractor. However, if the workers were not covered by workers’ compensation insurance, the general contractor will most likely be responsible for providing benefits.

If you have been injured in an accident at work, don’t hesitate to reach out to a legal professional. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will be able to help you or your loved one secure benefits from the correct party, and will ensure that your benefits are maximized to the fullest potential so that you have the time, resources, and medical care to return to work fully fit and ready.

Scaffolding in the Workplace: Used for Many Purposes

Scaffolding is a temporary system of metal or wood planks and metal poles that envelops the exterior or sometimes the interior of a building in order to perform work at a height. Scaffolding is used in a wide variety of occupations and for many reasons, including the following:

  • Painting, either interior or exterior;
  • Window washing;
  • Construction work, either for refurbishing a building or constructing a new one. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 65 percent of construction workers use scaffolding;
  • Electrical work;
  • Brick masonry; and
  • Special events.

The specific type of work being done is relevant to the type of scaffolding needed for the job. Painters and window washers on very high structures may use suspended scaffolding, while a performer may require stage or special event scaffolding that is only four or five feet high:

  • Suspended scaffolding, which is hung above from cables and can be lowered and raised to the desired area of work;
  • Ready-made scaffolding that has a platform that has brackets for adjusting to the required height;
  • Cantilever scaffolding, which does not touch the ground and instead is suspended from the building itself; and
  • Event scaffolding for stages at concerts, plays, dances, speeches, and other events that require a person or group to be higher than the crowd.

The Dangers Presented by Working With Scaffolding

The first hazard that comes to mind from scaffolding is falling. Falls from height are a leading cause of construction fatalities. All it takes is a few stories and a person’s chance of survival drops significantly. At four stories, the survival rate is just 50 percent, according to ABC News. Serious, and often paralyzing or debilitating injuries, are likely at even one or two stories. Other injuries include being crushed or pinned by falling scaffolding.

Call Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorney Tara K. Frame Today

Scaffolding accidents tend to result in serious injury for the injured victim. Whether you suffered a broken leg or a family member lost their life, an attorney can help ensure that adequate workers’ compensation is provided. Reach out to one of the Maryland workers’ compensation attorneys with Frame & Frame today.