McArthur Law Firm is open at this time; however, to protect your safety and that of our employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we are offering video and telephone conferencing in place of face-to-face meetings. Please contact our office for your free consultation.
Scaffolding Injuries and Ladder Accidents
Construction Accident Lawyer Gets More Money For Workers Hurt On The Job
There is no excuse for you and your family to suffer because of a mistake made by your employer, a co-worker or another person or business. However, for construction workers hurt or the families of those killed in a fatal construction accident due to an incident involving a ladder or scaffold fall, there is often a devastating aftermath awaiting them following their injury or their loved one’s death, including:
- Living without someone they planned to spend their life with
- Suffering due to debt from hospital bills, physical therapy costs and rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of income because the injury victim can no longer work due to his or her injury or because a fatal injury victim was his or her family’s breadwinner
- Adjusting to life with a debilitating injury, such as a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Construction accident lawyer Kathy McArthur does not settle lawsuits unless it is in the best interests of her clients to do so. The McArthur Law Firm is a litigation firm first, and we approach every case as if it will go to trial. Unlike inexperienced lawyers, we provide our clients with results, not excuses.
Construction Accident Statistics
According to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) construction accident statistics.
- In 2014, there were over 4,000 workers killed on the job in the US and of those, 20.5 percent were construction workers.
- In 2015, improper fall protection on construction sites was the most cited OSHA standards violation.
- In 2014, at 39.9 percent, falls were responsible for more workplace deaths in the US than any other type of on-the-job accident.
Types of Ladder and Scaffold Fall Injuries
There are several types of injuries that can result from ladder and scaffolding accidents, including but not limited to the following:
- Severely broken bones
- Head injuries, including TBI
- Back and spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Knee, foot and ankle sprains
- Cuts, abrasions, bruises and internal bleeding
In many cases, scaffold and ladder accidents occur because of the negligence of an employer, co-worker or a third party, such as a contractor, subcontractor or product manufacturer. Examples of negligence leading to a scaffold or ladder fall injury:
- Improperly assembled scaffold or ladder
- Defective ladder or scaffold
- Poorly lit construction site
- Employer failing to inspect or failing to properly train employees to inspect area around ladder or scaffold for hazards, such as powerlines, hanging debris, unguarded ditches
- Spills and other trip, slip and fall hazards on scaffolds and ladders
- Lack of guardrails or poorly maintained guardrails on scaffolds
- Employer not properly training employees to perform work duties while on ladders and scaffolds
- Failing to lock wheels on a portable scaffold or secure a ladder to the wall it is being used to ascend or descend
- Loose or broken ladder rungs
- Improperly positioned ladder or scaffold
- Employers failing to meet OSHA scaffolding requirements
Scaffold or Ladder Fall Injury? Our Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help
For more information about ladder and scaffold fall cases and how we can help you, give us a call at 478-238-1150 or fill out our online contact form to speak to a construction accident attorney for free. We practice nationwide.