Unfortunately, scaffolding accidents are common in New York City due to the city’s high number of construction projects. These temporary structures are on-site to provide workers access to all parts of the building. An estimated 65% of construction workers perform their duties on or from a scaffold, often at extreme heights, making slip-and-fall accidents a severe risk.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, our Queens scaffolding accident lawyers understand the significant risks construction workers face daily. With over 50 years of experience, we’ve been recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, a testament to our commitment to excellence. We have dedicated our practice to helping injured workers get the compensation they deserve and have won over $1 billion for our clients.
If you have been seriously injured in a Queens scaffolding accident while on the job, call us at (212) 986-7353 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Fatal accidents can happen when safety violations occur, either by employees or employers. Accidents involving scaffolding can lead to severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and even death. Workers’ compensation benefits may cover some costs, but they may not be sufficient to cover all damages.
These serious or deadly incidents could be avoided if the hazardous conditions are addressed immediately.
There are many ways a scaffold can fail, all connected to human error. Some common causes include:
- Lack of proper training
- Improper scaffold construction
- Use of defective materials
- Negligence in maintaining the scaffold
- Failure to use safety equipment
New York State labor laws give workers the right to expect a safe working environment. If a worker suffers injury due to negligence, workers are entitled to compensation for their damages. Liability in these cases can be complex, with multiple parties potentially at fault. The law states that every employer should have a “competent person” present any time scaffolding is going to be used. This individual is to inspect the scaffolding before it is used to ensure its safety.
Scaffolding plays a vital role in construction projects as it ensures the safety of workers while they perform their tasks. However, accidents can occur when scaffolding isn’t properly erected or maintained, leading to serious injuries.
There are various types of scaffolding used in construction, each designed to suit different project needs. Here are some of the most common types:
- Single Scaffolding: Also known as bricklayer’s scaffolding, it’s commonly used for brick masonry and consists of a single framework of standards, ledgers, and putlogs.
- Double Scaffolding: Used for stone masonry jobs, this type of scaffolding involves two rows of scaffolding to provide better support due to the nature of the work.
- Cantilever Scaffolding: This type of scaffolding is supported by a series of cantilevers extending out from the building. This method is often used when the ground doesn’t permit setting up standards.
- Suspended Scaffolding: Suspended scaffolds are platforms suspended by ropes or other non-rigid means from an overhead structure. They’re used for repairs, maintenance, and painting work.
- Trestle Scaffolding: This involves a working platform supported on movable tripods or ladders. It’s typically used for work inside rooms, such as paintings or repairs.
- Steel Scaffolding: Made of steel tubes, this type of scaffolding is set up by using steel fittings. It offers greater durability, fire resistance, and higher load capacity.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a scaffolding accident, now is the time to consult an experienced Queens construction accident attorney. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we always have time for our clients and take pride in providing compassionate and skilled legal counsel.
With over five decades of experience, our team has the knowledge and resources to thoroughly investigate your accident, determine liability, and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call us at (212) 986-7353 to get started on your case with a free initial consultation.