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If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident at a construction site, you may suffer serious and disabling injuries. According to the New York Labor Law, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.  After an injury is recorded, the worksite is inspected and investigated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If safety guidelines mandated by OSHA are not adhered to, it can lead to fines and loss of license. It is statistically proven that work sites that follow OSHA safety guidelines have fewer work related injuries.

The following are the OSHA regulations for workers using scaffolds:

OSHA Training Requirement: OSHA mandates training for the workers regarding:

  • OSHA regulations and standards
  • Erecting and dismantling scaffolding
  • Use of appropriate personal protective equipment,
  • Fall protection.
  • Material handling
  • Access-passageways and stairs should be clear and free of debris. Rebar should be capped and clearly illuminated.
  • Working platforms
  • Foundations
  • Planning

In addition to initial training, OSHA requires employers to retrain their employees when appropriate.

OSHA Fall Protection Requirements: OSHA requires fall protection for scaffolding. The type of fall protection requirement varies according to the type of scaffolding. According to OSHA standards, an employer is responsible for providing fall protection.

OSHA Restrictions on Power Line Proximity: According to OSHA standards, depending on the type of electric lines and voltage, scaffolding should be at least three to ten feet away from live power lines. If this regulation is not abided by, it may result in electrocutions, fire and explosion accidents.

Violations of OSHA Standards: If an employer fails to follow these safety standards, it may result in fines, stop work orders and loss in licensing.

Scaffolding Accident Attorneys in New York

If you or someone you know is injured in any type of scaffolding accident, contact a scaffolding attorney who is familiar with New York Labor Law. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., we are very familiar with the special provisions of the New York Labor Law that deal with injuries sustained by falls from scaffolds and ladders by construction workers on the work site. We pride ourselves on helping scaffold and ladder accident victims throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester County and Rockland County obtain compensation for their injuries and financial loss.

Call (917) 300-0797 for a consultation with one of our experienced scaffolding accident attorneys.



Electrocution results from a human body being exposed to a lethal amount of electrical energy. Unfortunately, the construction industry is regarded as the most dangerous workplace with the highest rate of electrocution cases. Each year workers die from exposure to extreme electric current. Electrocution contributes to nearly 5% of all deaths in the construction industry. The risk exists due to usage of high voltage of electric and other factors such as:

  • Improper grounding
  • Exposed electrical parts
  • Inadequate wiring
  • Overhead power lines
  • Damaged insulation
  • Overloaded circuits
  • Wet conditions
  • Damaged tools and equipment

The Magnitude of Electrocution in Construction Industry

  • Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that electrocution was the fourth leading cause of death in construction in 2005.
  • Electrocutions caused 9% of construction worker deaths, but accounted for less than 1% of reported recordable nonfatal injuries in 2005.
  • For 2003-2005, the death rate from electrocutions for the construction industry was 1.1 per 100,000 full-time workers, building up to an average of 121 electrocutions per year.
  • The highest rates of death from electrocution were among electrical power installers, repairers and earth drillers.
  • The construction occupations with the highest average number of deaths per year due to electrocution were electricians (29), construction laborers (19), supervisors/managers (13), electrical power installers and repairers (10).
  • In 2012, 212 workers died after contacting electric current; 108 were construction workers.

Can Electrocution Be Prevented in Construction Industry?

The answer is simple; Yes! Electrocution can be prevented in the construction industry by taking some precautionary steps:

  • Maintaining a safe distance from overhead power lines.
  • Regularly inspecting portable tools and extension cords as well as using extension cords with GFCI(Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters) protection in absence of permanent protection.
  • Using power tools and equipment as designed.
  • Following lockout/tagout procedures.
  • Locating equipment/activity within a safe working distance from power lines.
  • De-energizing  the utility company and making sure it has visibly grounded the power lines or installed insulated sleeves on power lines.
  • Installing flagged warning lines to mark horizontal and vertical power line clearance distances.
  • Using non-conductive tools and materials.
  • Using cranes and other high reaching equipment only after confirming the voltage  and maintaining a safe working distance from the power lines. Also, using a/an observer; insulated link; boom cage guard; proximity device.
  • Using mobile heavy equipment after installing rider posts under power lines to avoid working too close to the power lines.
  • Using non-conductive ladders and retracting them before moving.
  • Using caution tape and signs to cordon off area under power lines and ensuring that no materials are stored under power lines.

Electrocution is caused by carelessness, not heading job site rules and lack of knowledge. Awareness of electrocution hazards as well taking proper safety precautions can save thousands of lives.

Don’t Be a Victim Of Electrocution!

If you or a loved one is injured due to exposure to electricity current, or if you have lost your loved one as a result of electrocution in the construction industry, contact Dervishi Law Group, P.C to learn about how we can protect your rights. Call us today at 917-300-0797 / 718-619-4525.


Scaffolds are temporary platforms allowing work to be done above ground level. Scaffolding is used in construction sites, remodelling projects, and various other contracted jobs. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 5,000 construction workers are injured in scaffolding accidents every year. Even though the number of scaffolding accidents has drastically decreased over the last 30 years, it still poses a serious threat to construction workers nationwide. Injuries sustained from faulty scaffolds can be extremely severe, life-altering, and potentially fatal.

Some of the common injuries that occur due to scaffolding accidents are:

  • Broken bones– A worker can suffer fractured and shattered bones due to the force of a fall.
  • Amputations– Falling from scaffolds into broken planks, sheered metal or even falling debris can cut limbs or cause infections that may require medical amputation.
  • Impaling– Broken rods and wood can be extremely sharp and the force of a fall could drive these objects into the body.
  • Traumatic brain injuries– The impactful force of falling from scaffolds can cause brain damage and skull fractures.
  • Spinal cord injuries– A worker falling on his back may suffer swelling, bleeding, haemorrhaging and spinal tears.
  • Paralysis- Falling from scaffolds may also cause paralysis to the worker, stopping him from undertaking any kind of work in the future.
  • Wrongful death– Falling, getting struck by falling debris, and having scaffolding collapse could all potentially cause fatal injuries including internal or excessive bleeding, broken necks, and brain haemorrhages, some of which can lead to death.

Scaffolding injuries can be brutal, causing you a lifetime of pain and suffering. Following the basic safety measures can often prevent scaffolding accident injuries. Always stay alert and secured while working on scaffolds, and always pay attention to your surroundings for possible signs of danger.

Contact Our Scaffolding Accidents Attorney at 917-300-0797/ 718-619-4525

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident, you should talk to a scaffolding accident attorney to represent you and help protect your rights. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C. we pride ourselves on helping scaffolding accident victims. You can call us at 917-300-0797/ 718-619-4525 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com. To find out more, visit our website- www.dervishilaw.com


Scaffolding accidents are one of the most common types of construction accidents. Scaffolding accidents can lead to fatal injuries which may accrue astronomical medical bills. According to the statistics of U.S. Department of Labor, every year nearly 5000 workers suffer injuries, and more than 60 people die due to scaffolding accidents. These accidents can be avoided by taking the appropriates measures.

The following are some safety tips to avoid scaffolding accidents:

  • Scaffolds should be erected only on solid footing
  • Scaffolds should be able to hold their own weight and four times the maximum intended load to be applied or transmitted on the scaffold.
  • Scaffolding should be designed, built and erected by trained and experienced workers.
  • Before initiating a job on a scaffold, each scaffold platform should be inspected for breaks, knots, or cracks.
  • Scaffolds should have protection equipment like guardrails, mid-rails and toe boards.
  • Scaffolds should be at least 10 feet away from electric power lines to avoid electrocution accidents.
  • Scaffolds should be erected, moved or altered only under the supervision of a competent person.
  • Tools and materials must be kept away from the site of scaffolding accidents.
  • If any scaffold accessories such as braces, brackets, trusses, screw legs or ladders are damaged, they must be replaced immediately.

Every worker must follow safety rules to avoid scaffolding accidents. If a worker fails to abide by the safety rules, he may suffer serious injuries. By filing a lawsuit, he may be able to claim compensation for his damages.

Scaffolding Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident at a construction site, contact Dervishi Law Group, P.C. We are very familiar with the special provisions of the New York Labor Law that deal with injuries sustained by falls from scaffolds and ladders by construction workers on the work site. We pride ourselves in helping scaffold and ladder accident victims throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester County and Rockland County obtain compensation for their injuries and financial loss.

Call us at (917) 300-0797 for a free case evaluation.