Scaffolding can be seen on construction sites in Staten Island and throughout the city. Falls from scaffolds are a leading cause of injury and death on work sites. In 2022, in New York City, falls killed nine construction workers and injured nearly 200, as reported on Construction Dive. Falls from scaffolds and staging accounted for 14% of fatal falls in private construction in the U.S. during the ten-year period from 2003 to 2013, as stated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Scaffold-related accidents and injuries could be prevented by complying with safety standards, according to OSHA.
If you have been hurt in a Staten Island scaffolding accident, contact Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP to get you the settlement you deserve. Our Staten Island injury attorneys have extensive experience filing construction accident claims and achieving outstanding results for our clients. Our firm has won multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for construction workers seriously injured in worksite falls. We were named among the Best Law Firms of 2022 by U.S. News & World Report.
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As stated by OSHA, millions of workers in the construction industry work on scaffolds. Protecting these workers is critical to preventing injuries and deaths caused by falls from scaffolding every year. In building construction, scaffolds are temporary platforms designed to elevate and support workers and materials during the construction, repair, or cleaning of structures and machines. They consist of one or more planks of a convenient size with various methods of support. When properly constructed, assembled, inspected, and maintained, scaffolding provides access, support, positioning, and safety for workers.
According to OSHA, the most common causes of scaffold incidents that cause injury or death to workers are:
- Planking or support giving way
- Workers slipping
- Absence of fall protection
- Being struck by falling objects
Potentially fatal falls from scaffolding can occur when it is not properly tested and maintained in good condition, when it is assembled incorrectly or not stabilized and secure, or when scaffolds are built without handrails or guards. For this reason, inspections are required when scaffolding is installed at a site or relocated and when any part is added or removed.
Injuries suffered in scaffolding accidents on construction sites can be severe or fatal. Common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury (leading to paralysis)
- Bone fractures
- Back and neck injuries
- Arm and elbow injuries
- Wrongful death
If you have been injured on the job in Staten Island, you may file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, you may have a third-party claim for compensation if the negligence of a contractor or property owner caused your accident and injuries. Workers’ compensation should cover your medical expenses related to the accident and partially reimburse you for your lost wages, but the insurance company may deny your claim or try to reduce the amount of your benefits. That’s why having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side is important.
Our Staten Island scaffolding accident lawyers are skilled negotiators and can help you with your claim by filing the necessary paperwork swiftly and dealing with all other parties involved on your behalf. If necessary, we will file an appeal to ensure you receive full compensation for your injuries and losses.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we are known for our experience, compassion, and results. We have more than 50 years of experience and have recovered more than $1 billion for our clients.
If you’ve been involved in a scaffolding accident, our Staten Island construction site injury attorneys can explain your options under the law. Call (212) 986-7353 to schedule a free consultation with no obligation.