Late last week scaffolding collapsed outside a building in Houston, which caused multiple injuries. According to the Houston Fire Department, six construction workers were hurt. Their injuries are reportedly serious but not life threatening. The scaffolding covered a large portion of a city block. The building is located near Minute Maid Park.
Although scaffolds are an important part of most construction projects, they can cause serious injuries or death if used improperly. According to OSHA, over 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths occur in the U.S. each year because of scaffold-related accidents.
Many scaffolding accidents are caused by the support giving way, a worker falling, or a worker being struck by a falling object. Most of these accidents could be prevented by inspecting the scaffold prior to assembly, and ensuring it’s correctly installed. Many construction workers who use scaffolding regularly have no training on the installation, assembly, or inspecting of scaffolding.
Employers have a duty to their employees to provide not only a safe work environment, but also proper training on the installation, assembly and inspection of scaffolding. Construction workers are at a big risk while climbing and working on scaffolding, and the risks increase if they are not aware of the dangers.If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident involving scaffolding, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit our Google Plus page to learn more.