Maryland Scaffolding Collapse Attorneys
Representing Injured Construction Workers in Scaffolding Collapse Accident Cases
It is no secret that construction sites present inherently dangerous working conditions. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in the United States, nearly 4,405 employees suffered death or serious injuries while on the job last year.
Construction jobs are dangerous because they involve large, fast, tall, and heavy equipment. Scaffolding is a particularly dangerous piece of equipment found at many construction sites. Its presents many dangers to construction workers, including the possibility of collapse. When one or more pieces of scaffolding collapse, serious injuries – and even deaths – can befall construction workers. This is because the scaffolding is often constructed in such a way as to allow workers access to areas which are high off the ground.
Scaffolding also presents many dangers to other workers at the construction site – not just those who are actually working on the scaffolding. Construction workers who are present around the construction site, and especially those who are working underneath the scaffolding, can be seriously injured or killed in the event of a collapse.
If you or someone you love has sustained serious injuries at a construction site while working on the job, you may be able to seek monetary compensation and benefits through the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. Workers’ compensation may be available to assist you with your medical bills and other expenses that directly result from your on-the-job injuries. The experienced Maryland construction accident lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC.
What Causes Scaffolding Collapses?
Scaffolding at construction sites may collapse under a variety of circumstances. Some common reasons for scaffolding collapses include:
- Inclement weather conditions at the job site
- Improper fasteners and other holding materials
- Inadequate materials used for scaffolding
- Poor, old, or weak equipment used for scaffolding
- Scaffolding not properly anchored to the wall or other supports
- Other construction site equipment interfering with the scaffolding beams or supports
If you have been injured in a construction work site scaffolding collapse, the first thing you should do is seek medical care and treatment for your injuries. You should also notify your boss or supervisor of your injuries, so that the proper paperwork can be filed and the claim opened. Moreover, you should never wait more than 30 days to report your injuries. Otherwise, the Workers’ Compensation Commission could ultimately deny your claim. Finally, you should make sure that your employer reports the claim to its insurance company in a timely manner.
The Occupations Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposes certain regulations which cover scaffolding use, as well as heavy machinery use at construction work sites.
If an employer violates OSHA regulations, it can result in significant legal liability. Legal liability may result in large fines issued to the construction company and can even cause a construction site to shut down entirely. Finally, the developer, the construction company, or both, could be sued in civil court. When it comes to scaffolding, OSHA imposes the following requirements:
- Scaffolding used on a job site must be capable of supporting a minimum of four times the anticipated maximum load.
- Damaged scaffolding must be repaired immediately and cannot be used on a job site until after all repairs have been completed.
- All scaffolding platforms or planks must either be tightly secured together – or the planks must be overlapped at least 12 inches.
- Concrete blocks and other objects which are movable may not be used to weigh down scaffolding.
- Workers may not be on scaffolding during bad weather, especially during high winds.
- The construction company must provide workers with a safe access to the scaffolding, such as an access ladder.
If you believe that your workplace injury occurred because of defective scaffolding, you should call the Maryland construction accident lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC today. Our lawyers can review the circumstances of your accident and determine the appropriate legal action to take on your behalf.
Common Injuries Sustained in Scaffolding Accident Cases
Injuries sustained in a scaffolding accident can be very serious. Common injuries in scaffolding accidents include:
- Crush injuries (including fractures and broken bones)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) – especially where a fall causes the injury
- Spinal cord injuries
The skilled Maryland construction accident lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC may be able to help you recover compensation for your medical bills and lost wages by filing a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf.
Eligibility for Maryland Workers’ Compensation Benefits
In order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Maryland, you must have sustained your injuries while on the job – and while in the scope of your employment. If you were present on the construction site at the time of your accident but were not engaged in your employment at that time, you may not be eligible to recover monetary and/or lost wage benefits.
It is important to understand, however, that workers’ compensation benefits are available to injured workers regardless of who was at fault for the accident. In other words, the injured worker does not need to prove that the employer was careless, reckless, or negligent, in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
An experienced lawyer at Alpert-Schreyer, LLC can review your case and determine your eligibility for benefits. If you are eligible to recover benefits, our attorneys can help you pursue all of the benefits to which you are entitled under the law.
Contact a Maryland Construction Accident Lawyer Today
If you have sustained a scaffolding-related construction injury while on the job and while in the scope of your employment, you may be able to pursue Maryland workers’ compensation benefits. The construction accident lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf and pursue benefits.
To schedule a free legal consultation and case evaluation with a Maryland construction accident lawyer, please call us today at 844-632-7274, or contact us online.