Workers’ comp injuries often occur as a result of construction site accidents, many of which involve scaffolds and lifts.
Roughly 65 percent of construction employees frequently work on elevated platforms, hoists and ladders, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Scaffolding and Lift Accidents
OSHA estimates that approximately 4,000 scaffolding accidents occur each year, with about 50 of these resulting in fatalities.
A recent research study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that 72 percent of injuries from these accidents are attributable to three main causes: the support giving way, the worker slipping, or a falling object striking the worker.
Other factors that may cause or contribute to accidents include poor training, faulty or missing safety equipment and electrocution.
OSHA requires that workers, supervisors and employers who work on scaffolds and lifts comply with specific regulations. These rules address training as well as construction and inspection of platforms and ladders. Companies may be fined for failure to abide by OSHA regulations.
Beyond that, however, employees who suffer workplace injuries may sue these companies for negligence in civil court.
What to Do if You Are Injured
Workers’ comp injuries can cause significant damage, resulting in a loss of income, costly medical expenses and — potentially — long-term disability.
If you are injured in a scaffolding accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. If you are able, take note of the accident details as well as the names of any witnesses.
It is also helpful to take photos to document the incident and your injuries. Be sure to get copies of all incident and medical reports, as well as any witness statements. If you are not physically capable of performing these tasks, appoint a witness or someone at the scene to handle them for you.
Protect Your Rights with a Workers’ Comp Attorney
As soon as you are able, contact a local attorney who has experience in dealing with workplace accidents and workers’ compensation injuries.
Filing a claim for compensation can be a complicated process, particularly if your injuries are moderate to severe, if they require surgery or if they may cause a permanent disability.
An attorney can make sure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled, whether you are able to return to your current job or if you are no longer able to work at any job.
In Boise, Idaho, the experienced attorneys of the Montgomery Dowdle Law Office understand how important it is to protect your rights in the event of a workplace accident. Your ability to work and earn a living is central to your ability to care for yourself and your family.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been involved in a jobsite accident and suffered injuries. We can assist you in filing a workers’ comp suit and obtaining the settlement you’re due.