Scaffolding Accidents & Ladder Falls
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If you work on a construction site, you already know that considerable attention must be paid to all safety guidelines — especially those regarding scaffolding and ladders. Same thing goes for any work that requires the use of these pieces of equipment, including window washers, roofers and others.
Unfortunately, no matter how closely you follow safety guidelines, accidents happen. Personal injuries caused by a falls from a faulty ladder or scaffold can be disastrous – even fatal. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured because of a scaffolding accident, contact the experienced, knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC for a free consultation about your case. If you have a legal right to be compensated for your injuries, we can help.
The owner of a building or company responsible for a worksite, usually the general contractor, is required to make sure all equipment is working properly and that safety precautions, including signage, is in place at all times. This is especially true of areas where there is a major danger of falling including a construction site that is using scaffolding, ladders or one that’s located near a ledge, drop off or excavation site.
Safety equipment must be provided, as well. Safety lanyards and harnesses must be appropriately in place and maintained. This can become complicated on a large construction site when multiple contractors are sharing equipment. Sometimes it is not clear who is responsible for safety gear or equipment maintenance.
On larger construction projects, it’s common for employees from different firms to share the same scaffold. It’s imperative that you speak with a qualified personal injury attorney who can discuss your case, determine liability for injuries and hold the negligent parties responsible.
It’s important to note that if you are injured on a worksite, or by equipment owned and maintained by your employer, you are not able to sue them. Instead, you are eligible to file for Worker’s Compensation benefits which include medical care, replacement pay if you are out of work recovering and more.
While you can’t sue your employer if you get hurt at work, you may have a third party claim against the manufacturer of genuinely faulty equipment. For example, if a scaffold was properly installed and secured but a harness broke causing you to fall and get injured, you may have a case against the manufacturer of the harness.
Contact a knowledgeable attorney at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC. We have helped many people injured in scaffold and ladder accidents throughout New Jersey. We can help get you compensated for your injuries. Consultations are always free of charge.