Scaffolding accidents are one of the most common construction site accidents. Scaffolding accidents can lead to severe injuries and even death. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 54 fatalities occurred from scaffolds in 2009. All these fatalities can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.
Some notable victories from Dervishi Law Group, P.C:
- $3,250,000.00: A scaffold worker was struck by a falling scaffold pipe, injuring his neck and back.
- $600,000.00: A plumber fell off a scaffold, injuring his knee and shoulder.
OSHA Policies for Safe Scaffolding Use
- Sound design of scaffolds: A scaffold should be designed in such a way that it is capable of holding its own weight and four times the maximum intended load to be applied or transmitted to the scaffold and components.
- Selecting the right scaffold for the job: When selecting scaffolds for your job, you need to determine the locations where scaffolds are used and type of the scaffolds needed. Also make sure that scaffolds meet all the government and voluntary requirements.
- Assigning personnel: Assign a competent person for the scaffold selection, erection, use and movement, alteration, maintenance and inspection. Assign only trained and experienced workers to work on scaffolds. Make sure that they are knowledgeable about the type of scaffolding to be used and use of fall protection equipment.
- Training: All employees should receive instructions on the type of scaffolds they use. Training should also include installation of fall protection like guardrails. Competent persons should also be trained regarding the selection of scaffolds, recognition of site conditions and scaffold hazard, protection of exposed personnel and the public, repair and replacement options etc.
- Fall protection: Guardrails should be installed on all open sides and the ends of scaffold platforms. Workers on scaffolds should use a fall arrest system as protection against the failure of the scaffold or its components.
- Inspections: Before using scaffolds, inspect all scaffolds and their components and attach a tag that indicate the date and time of inspection. You should also inspect all scaffolds before each work shift, after changing weather conditions and prolonged interruptions of work.
- Maintenance: Proper maintenance is required for scaffolds. All scaffold repairs should be done under the supervision of a competent person. Use replacement components only from the original manufacturer. Avoid using scaffold components from different manufacturers.
- Guidelines for use: Make sure that the scaffolds and their components are not loaded beyond their rated and maximum capacities. Movement of scaffolds should be prohibited while employees are working on it.
We are Very Familiar with Provision of New York Labor Law
At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., we pride ourselves on staying on top of the ever changing laws in construction accidents area.
As experienced New York City Construction Accident Lawyers, 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 understand the complexities of New York construction laws as well as issues of owner, agent and contractor liability. 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.
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If you have been injured in a scaffold accident, you should retain a New York City Personal Injury Law Firm with experienced New York scaffold accident attorneys to represent you and help protect your rights. At Dervishi law group, P.C., we have our own investigative team and act quickly to gather and preserve evidence.
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