Scaffolds are temporary platforms that allow construction workers to reach heights that are ordinarily out of reach. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds on a regular basis.
Scaffolding accidents are one of the most common occupational hazards in the construction industry. By protecting construction workers who work on scaffolds, approximately 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths could be prevented each year.
Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents
Scaffolding accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Improper use of scaffold
- Improper installation of the scaffold
- Jumping on scaffold
- Defective scaffold components
- Improper construction of scaffold
Liability for Scaffolding Accidents
Construction site employers are obligated to comply with safety regulations imposed by OSHA, as well as other federal, state and local regulations. Unfortunately, even if the employer complies with applicable safety regulations, scaffolding accidents and other construction accidents can and do occur.
Injured employees, including those injured in scaffolding accidents, are generally entitled to worker’s compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Illinois worker’s compensation laws requires employers to provide injured employees with benefits, including medical/rehabilitative expenses, lost wages, and disability benefits if the employee is unable to work temporarily or permanently.
Injured employees may also be entitled to pursue third party causes of action if someone other than the employer was liable for the scaffolding accident. While workers’ compensation law prohibits employees from suing their employers for workplace injuries, injured workers may have a personal injury lawsuit against other parties who share responsibility for the accident, such as the manufacturer of a defective scaffold.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, the attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC can help you get the workers’ compensations benefits and personal injury damages you deserve. Our Chicago construction accident attorneys will carefully evaluate your case and help you reach the fairest settlement with your employer’s insurer. Contact us today at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago construction accident attorneys.