Scaffolding Accident Injuries That Put You at Risk
It was a morning just like any other. You helped your husband gather his tools, and then kissed him goodbye as he left for work. You then wrangled your kids together, drove them to school, and picked up groceries for dinner. By the time you got back home, it was two hours later. After you put the groceries away and finally sat down for a minute, you checked your phone and noticed that you had a missed call and a voicemail from your husband’s boss. As soon as you listened to it, your heart fell to your knees.
He told you that the scaffolding your husband was working on collapsed and he had fallen thirty feet. The rest of the crew managed to pull him out of the rubble but he was badly injured and had to be rushed to Christus St. Patrick by ambulance.
Without thinking, you grabbed your purse and drove straight to the hospital, all the time wondering, would he be okay? What does ‘badly injured’ mean? Could he die? What types of injuries could a fall cause?
Dangerously Common Scaffolding Injury Risks
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that nearly 5,000 construction workers a year are injured in scaffolding accidents. Although this number has drastically decreased over the last 30 years, scaffolding accidents still pose a dangerous threat to construction workers nationwide. Due to the nature of scaffolds to be temporary, more than five feet off the ground, and weigh anywhere from 100 to 5,000 pounds, injuries sustained from faulty scaffolds are extremely severe, life-altering, and potentially fatal. These injuries include:
- Broken bones. The force of a fall can easily fracture and shatter bones.
- Amputations. Broken planks, sheered metal, and falling debris could sever limbs or cause infections requiring medical amputation.
- Impaling. Broken rods and wood can become extremely sharp and the force of a fall could drive the objects into your body.
- Traumatic brain injuries. The impact force of falling can cause brain damage and skull fractures.
- Spinal cord injuries. Falling on your back could cause swelling, bleeding, hemorrhaging, spinal tears and paralysis
- Wrongful death. Falling, electrocution, getting struck by falling debris, and having the scaffolding collapse could all potentially cause fatal injuries such as internal or excessive bleeding, broken necks, and brain hemorrhages.
Scaffolding injuries can be brutal and cause you a lifetime of pain and suffering. Don’t take the chance. Stay safe and secure while working and make sure you pay attention for possible signs of danger.
Getting the Treatment and Support You Need
Construction injuries can not only be life-altering, but they can also be expensive. However, although your employer may not fully explain your rights under Louisiana Labor Laws, an experienced lawyer can and will make sure you get the compensation your injuries deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation and we’ll help you explore your rights and options. Don’t allow your employer or his insurance company to bury you in confusion and legal rubble. Instead, let us pull you out and offer our support. You’ll be glad that you did. Please, call now.
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