Skilled Ohio Lawyers Protecting Your Rights after a Fall from Scaffolding
When scaffolding is defective or improperly installed, collapses are likely to cause catastrophic or fatal injuries
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported for 2009 that of 361 fatal falls in non-service industries 283 (78.4%) were in the construction industry. The Census also reported that 54 fatalities occurred in 2009 from scaffolds, and of those 54 fatalities 41 (75.9%) were in the construction industry. It’s apparent that not only is construction a dangerous business, but that scaffold accidents play a major role in fatal injuries to people on construction sites.
Visitors to construction sites for inspections, or subcontractors who perform specialized tasks, often must mount scaffolding to do their jobs. Scaffolds that are erected without proper footings, or whose structures are defective, put those visitors’ lives and health at risk. If you have been injured, or a loved one is killed in a scaffold accident, seek legal counsel from the Ohio construction accident attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law. We help victims and their families obtain proper compensation for injuries and deaths caused by negligence and product liability.
What are some risks of using scaffolds?
The greatest risk is almost always that of injury or death from a fall. A fall can occur when one of the boards that comprise the scaffold’s walkways breaks under someone’s weight, causing them to plunge through the open space. Scaffolds may also collapse, either from defects in their frames or improper erection. Unless scaffolding is attached to the side of a building or wall at regular intervals of height, it is at risk of falling over. Unless it is erected with a view to its proportions, a scaffold can lack physical stability.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established safe proportions: a scaffold’s height should not exceed four times its base. The absence of safety devices such as railings and fall arrestors add to the risks of using some construction scaffolding.
What recourse do you or your family have if you are injured or killed in a scaffold accident?
There are several actions that can be pursued by your Ohio construction accident attorney. First, an action for negligence brought against the construction company on whose site you were injured. In the worst case, a loved one’s death, Ohio has a survival action statute that allows a decedent’s family to bring actions on his or her behalf as if they were still living. If the scaffolding was rented and was installed properly but was defective, a negligence suit might be brought against the rental company. Finally, if there was an inherent fault in the scaffolding that might escape notice of the owner or user, a product liability action might be brought against its manufacturer. As in the case in Ohio, if the victim’s conduct played a role in the mishap the “shared negligence” doctrine would apply to any insurance benefits or other related awards.
How can an Ohio attorney help me after a fall from a scaffold?
Your construction accident case is important to us. The attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law have are experienced protecting the interests of people injured in scaffold accidents on construction sites. Please call us at 877-686-8879, or fill out our convenient contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with an Ohio construction accident lawyer. We have five Ohio law offices located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chesterland and Chagrin Falls for your convenience.