In Need of a Scaffolding Accidents, Injuries, and Fatalities Attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina?
At Waple & Houk, our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys know an estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65% of the U.S. construction industry, work on scaffolds frequently, according to the most recent data reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Scaffolds are elevated, temporary work platforms used by workers to hoist themselves, materials, and equipment, which means most of the workers using them are doing so at significant heights.
Protecting these millions of workers from scaffold-related incidents can prevent injuries and deaths associated with these structural requirements each year. These incidents can be avoided by compliance with OSHA standards, lessening worker injuries and fatalities caused by the scaffolding’s planking or support giving way, workers slipping, the absence of fall protection, or being struck by a falling object.
If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life in a North Carolina scaffolding accident, contact our skilled Mecklenburg County workers’ compensation attorneys today to discuss your case during a free consultation.
What are the Most Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents, Injuries, and Fatalities in North Carolina?
According to a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, over 70% of scaffold accidents can be attributed to one of three causes:
- Defective equipment or improper assembly leading to the scaffold support or planking giving way.
- Slipping or tripping caused by slippery surfaces or lack of guardrails.
- Falling objects hitting either a worker on a scaffold or those below.
Tragically, falls from scaffolds account for roughly 25% of fatal falls from all working surfaces.
To help prevent these nationwide accidents, OSHA has implemented and approved “State Plans” for 28 states, including its North Carolina State Plans, which require scaffolding worksites to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as its, but allows different or more stringent requirements. When these requirements are not followed, North Carolina workers are going to get hurt, or lose their lives in these preventable accidents.
When they do, we want to help hold the liable party accountable.
Contact Our Experienced Scaffolding Accident Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a work-related scaffolding accident in North Carolina, or because your employer is not following the federal or state safety standards, contact our experienced Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys to discuss your case during a free consultation today by calling (704) 954-8697 or contacting us online.
We are here to help give a voice to the injured and their families.