When two construction workers fell to their deaths after their scaffolding collapsed recently near Orlando, Florida, the circumstances sounded too familiar.
The workers fell six floors to their deaths at a construction site for a new Marriott hotel just outside Disney World, according to USA Today. A third man escaped serious injury by hanging onto part of the scaffold and pulling himself to safety.
“On most construction sites, there is no greater chance of death or serious injury than when working at height,” according to a report by ClickSafety.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to an Orange County Fire and Rescue spokesperson. According to the website ASK-EHS (Environment-Health-Safety), the major causes of scaffolding accidents include:
- Insufficient or lack of on-the-job training
- Improper construction or work rules
- Inadequate fall protection
- Ignoring safety rules
- Weak planking
- Failures at attachment points and parts failure
- Insecure or non-existent bracing
- Defective equipment
- Environmental conditions (extreme temperatures, high winds, toxic gases)
The common denominator in each of these contributing factors is that they can easily be prevented. The blame in a scaffolding accident usually can be traced to the construction worker’s employer or to a third party such as a contractor working on the same site. These companies put the health and lives of construction workers at risk by ignoring common sense and legal guidelines, including those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“According to a Bureau of Labor and Statistics study, 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object,” OSHA states. “All of these can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in a scaffolding accident in Central Florida, the injuries are likely serious, including broken bones and head injuries that can lead to a disability and major medical expenses. At the same time, you are probably out of work and unable to support your family.
Change the odds in your favor by contacting The Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, P.A. Attorney Miller has devoted his career to personal injury cases, giving him the experience and edge in handling countless cases just like yours in Central Florida. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.