Scaffolding Injury Cases : Accident Lawyers : Injured in a scaffolding accident?
Scaffolding is employed in almost every type of construction. Scaffolding is usually a temporary platform constructed by using timber or steel. Often times, the scaffolding is created using a hodge-dodge of materials and scrap left over from prior projects. Additionally, scaffolding built at a construction site often involve very little planning and design to insure the safety of the employees assigned to use them.
The three most common types of scaffolding found on construction sites are supported scaffolds, suspended scaffolds and aerial lifts. Supported scaffolds are platforms supported by load bearing poles, legs and frames. Suspended scaffolds are usually supported by ropes attached to an overhead structure. Finally, aerial lifts include vehicles equipped with baskets or work platforms that can be elevated to allow employees to work from a height.
Common Injuries in Scaffolding Accidents
OSHA estimates that 4,500 scaffolding accidents that occur each year are preventable with proper training and construction of scaffolding. The most commons hazards that employees working with scaffolds may encounter include: Falls from height, scaffold collapse, being struck by falling objects and electrocution. Falls from height are generally preventable with the use of guardrails and having an employee use a fall arrest system. Scaffolding collapses are preventable by ensuring the that scaffold is properly constructed, ensuring that the scaffold is not overloaded, and having a trained person inspect the scaffold before use. Employers can protect employees from falling objects by restricting access to the area beneath a scaffold, or employing a canopy to protect the employees walking beneath the scaffold. Electrocution can be avoided by ensuring that all scaffolds are constructed a safe distance from utility lines, an employer should also request that local utility companies de-energize lines if scaffold work needs to be performed by utility lines.
The primary purpose of scaffolding, to allow employees to work at a height above shoulder level, also explains why the injuries sustained from scaffold accidents are so severe. Injuries involving scaffolding regularly result in broken bones or traumatic brain injury.
OSHA Rules and Regulations
In one year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported 88 fatalities involving scaffolding. Recognizing the danger involved in scaffolding accidents, OSHA has promulgated strict guidelines for the design and construction of scaffolds.
OSHA has promulgated a number of regulations and codes concerning the construction and use of scaffolds. OSHA regulations require that the components used to build a scaffold must be able to support four times the maximum intended load. OSHA regulations also prohibit the use of a damaged scaffold until all repairs have been completed. Furthermore, it is a violation of federal law for employees to work on scaffolds during storms or high winds, or when scaffolds are covered with snow or ice.
Our firm has helped a number of employees that were injured while working with scaffolds. If you have been injured in a construction accident involving a scaffold, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. Please call our Law Office and one of our construction accident lawyers will provide a free consultation concerning your case.
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Have you been exposed to hazardous chemicals or other materials? Let our law firm provide the relief you need from your injuries.
Hazardous chemicals are increasingly used in today’s manufacturing, oil, and processing industries. Every year millions of tons of chemicals are used by workers in the jobs they perform. Many of these chemicals have been proven to cause serious bodily injury to people exposed to them.
Injuries resulting from exposure to chemicals include respiratory problems, chemical burns, cancer, blindness, nerve damage, birth defects, and death. In some circumstances, the employee may not link the injury they sustained to the chemicals used in their jobs. Who do I have a claim against?
You may have a claim against a third party if your injury resulted from the unsafe storage, use or disposal of toxic chemicals or fumes. Additionally, a claim may be made if unsafe work practices or a lack of training and supervision resulted in your exposure to toxic chemicals.
Under Texas law, your employer must provide you with a safe working environment and protect you from hazards including the dangers associated with toxic chemicals. Your employer may be liable for injuries resulting from the accidental release of toxic chemicals and gases. Your employer is also required to provide you with appropriate safety equipment including: goggles, gloves, and respirators depending on the type of chemical you are working with.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to toxic chemicals or fumes, contact our law office and a licensed attorney will meet with you concerning your injury. Our experienced staff of workplace injury attorneys will aggressively pursue your case seeking every penny that you deserve. Practice Areas: Car Accidents, Trucking Accidents, On the Job Injuries, Wrongful Death, Construction Accidents, Boating Accidents. Premises Liability. Contact Us.
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The personal injury attorneys of of our firm have provided the information on this site to help inform the public about the potential application of civil law to certain situations. The information contained in on this website is not intended to help an individual make important legal decisions. An individual should only make a decision related to a legal case after consulting with an experienced and licensed attorney. Do not make any legal decisions based on information found on this or any other websites. Furthermore, laws and statutes change on a regular basis and information or results mentioned on this website may be based on laws or statutes that are no longer current. Additionally, every case is slightly different and will have its own subtleties and variations, and every case is subject to subtleties imparted by way of nuances imposed by the jurisdiction in which the case takes place and other outside factors such as preexisting agreements including binding arbitration, waivers, insurance coverage stipulations and policy terms, etc.
Truck Accidents causes can be divided into three distinct categories. They can be weather related, equipment failure related, or simply caused by the driver. In some cases it can be a combination of more than one reason. For example, a driver going too fast when the road was slick due to rain or snow can cause a crash. Here in Texas, fog sometimes in combination with smoke from wildfires are significant contributors to major truck accidents and deaths.
If you have been involved in an accident with a heavy truck it is important that you seek the advice of a trucking accident lawyer, who understand the issues and causes of these types of accidents.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency responsible for overseeing America’s truck industry has developed a Safety Measurement System (SMS) to help in the task of improving highway safety in the truck industry. This system uses seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) to evaluate the safety performance of truck companies. They are:
UNSAFE DRIVING – Operating in a careless or reckless manner. Method of evaluation – Traffic Violations: Speeding, Reckless Driving, Improper Lane Changes and Inattention.
FATIGUED DRIVING – Drivers who are ill, fatigued or violate the Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations. Method of evaluation – Exceeding HOS, and incomplete or inaccurate logbook, and operating the truck while ill or tired.
DRIVER FITNESS – Drivers who are unfit because of lack of sufficient training, experience or because of medical conditions.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES and ALCOHOL – Drivers who are impaired due to alcohol, illegal drugs or misuse of either prescription or over-the-counter medications. Method of evaluation: citations for use or possession of controlled substances or alcohol.
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE– Failure to properly maintain equipment. Method of evaluation: citations for brakes, lights, and other mechanical defects as well as failure to make required repairs.
CARGO RELATED – Failure to prevent shifting loads, spilling cargo and unsafe handling of hazardous materials. Method of evaluation: Citations for improper load securement, cargo retention and hazardous material handling.
CRASH INDICATOR – An evaluation of a trucking companies crash history based on data from State provided crash reports which help identify histories or patterns of high number of crashes, including both the frequency and severity of such accidents.
Most truck drivers are paid on a “per mile” basis. The more miles that a driver completes, the larger that his paycheck will be. While the maximum number of hours a driver is supposed to complete is mandated by the HOS, keeping track of those hours is the sole responsibility of the driver himself. It’s similar to the fox guarding the chicken coop. Some drivers have even been known to keep dual paper logs. One for the truck, the second for their paycheck. If they will cheat their employer, they will do almost anything illegal.
Accidents with heavy trucks can cause life changing injuries and often, death. Truck drivers who have been negligent must be made to pay. Your case could help make the highways safer for others. So how do you choose a lawyer?
Here are some things to consider:
The number of years your lawyer has been litigating these cases.
The understanding your attorney has for what is involved in cases such as yours.
An attorney with a good track record is essential.
The attorney has been recognized by law associations with awards and distinctions.
Truck drivers have a difficult job and in these economic times the temptation to cheat must be very high. But you, as an accident victim, should not have to pay for the mistakes of others! If you have been involved in such an accident it is prudent that you contact a truck accident lawyer to assist you in obtaining just compensation.