According to statistics, about 65% of all construction activities nationwide, including on Long Island, occur on scaffolds. Furthermore, an average of 60 lives are lost in accidents involving these structures, and about 4,500 construction injuries annually result from work on or below scaffolds. Despite the strict safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, preventable accidents continue to occur.
Construction company owners are responsible for the safety and health of workers. The only way to avoid scaffold-related accidents is to ensure that a designated “competent person” supervises the construction project. Proper safety training by an adequately qualified person is essential before work on scaffolds commences. Furthermore, the safety and integrity of the structure under construction must be checked by the competent person before each shift.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, seven in 10 scaffold accidents involve slip-and-fall accidents, dropped objects and supports or planking giving way. Safety authorities say that a competent person and an adequately qualified person can prevent scaffold-related construction accidents. Compliance with safety standards is also crucial, and workers must be equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment.
Workers who have suffered construction injuries are typically eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, navigating the claims process can be complicated, especially for workers who are focused on recovering and returning to work. This is why many injured workers in Long Island seek the support and guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Legal counsel’s assistance with the administrative and legal proceedings of benefits claims can increase a worker’s chances of receiving maximum benefits under applicable laws.