Construction and building maintenance jobs can be inherently dangerous, often requiring workers to use scaffolding to reach heights and out of the way places. Unfortunately, scaffolding accidents are a common occurrence, and can result in serious and potentially life threatening injuries.
At Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd., we understand the serious impacts these accidents can have on workers and their loved ones. The injuries you suffer could prevent you from working now and in the future, while leaving you with heavy medical expenses and the need for ongoing treatment. In this types of situations, our Rockland scaffolding accident attorneys are here to provide the help you need.
A March 2016 Fox 6 News report highlights the potential dangers construction and building maintenance workers often face. Two men were left dangling by their harnesses from the 15th floor of a downtown Chicago building, after part of the scaffolding they were standing on collapsed. In this case, the workers involved were fortunate, and were eventually rescued by firefighters at the scene. In other situations, workers are not so lucky.
The Illinois Department of Labor (DOL) reports that scaffolding is one of the most frequently used and potentially dangerous types of equipment used in the state. It is also one of the most commonly misused. In addition to the dangers of workers falling from these platforms, hazards that can result in scaffolding accidents and injuries include the following:
Any of the above situations can result in injuries that are severe, disabling, and in some cases, fatal.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that falls are among the leading causes of occupational injuries in Illinois, resulting in as many as 30 or more work-related deaths each year. Many of these accidents are related to the use of scaffolding, and might have been prevented had the proper safety measures been in place.
The Illinois DOL requires employers to properly train employees regarding the use of scaffolding equipment, while it requires those who build scaffolds to be properly instructed on assembly, disassembly, moving, repairs, and maintenance. Those who manufacture faulty scaffolds, fail to train their employees, or neglect regular inspections can be held legally liable when accidents and injuries occur.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a scaffolding accident, contact Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd. Our team of experienced scaffolding injury attorneys have been serving clients in the Rockford and Winnebago County area for over half a decade. We are dedicated to providing you with the aggressive legal representation you need, so you can get the compensation you deserve. Call or contact our office online to request a free and confidential case consultation today.
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