One of the more common work site injuries is a collapse or fall from a scaffolding on a Kentucky Job site. Kentucky employers and contractors are required to maintain a safe workplace for all construction workers in our state. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently reported more than 60 percent of all construction workers regularly perform their work on top of temporary structures, such as scaffolding.
The challenge is found in the nature of construction itself. Scaffolding are temporary structures which must be quickly erected to meet demanding construction schedules. The equipment itself is repeatedly set up, torn down, and then re-erected in a new location. Worn components can ultimately lead to a collapse or fall from a scaffolding on a Kentucky job site.
In many cases, the structure simply wasn’t designed to handle the weight load placed upon it during construction. Consideration must be given to the risk of tools, materials or other debris falling on scaffolding workers from above. The apparatus must be kept clear of obstruction from debris including loose tools and other materials. Careful consideration must be given to all issues associated with the erection of scaffolding including how it is supported as well as the width of the scaffold planking.
When a construction worker is injured on the job a workers compensation claim may seem obvious. However, many injured construction workers are not aware of the ability to file a third party injury claim against parties who were actually responsible for a collapse or fall from a scaffolding on a Kentucky job site.
This third party personal injury claim provides additional compensation outside of the workers compensation system to help injured workers to have the resources needed to fully recover from their injuries and pay lost wages they may incur while injured.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident we invite you to contact HLH or call 502-583-9701 to speak with one of our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation. Ask how we can help with both your workers compensation claim as well as a third party personal injury claim against those responsible for your injuries.