The scaffolding that was almost as long a city block in downtown Houston collapsed in October of 2015. Long pieces of metal and wood laid scattered in front of the apartment complex that was under construction; it was an accident that injured six of the 200 construction workers working at the site.
The continuous increase in the number of high-rise construction jobs plus restoration of the aesthetic appearance of many old buildings in the U.S. have resulted to an increase in the number of workers needed to work on scaffolds to be able to reach the exteriors of tall buildings. In fact, more than a million construction workers are said to be working on scaffolds every day, which means more than a million lives always in danger.
A scaffold is a provisional structure that supports workers and the materials they will use in the construction, repair and maintenance of man-made structures like buildings and bridges; it is either suspended from above or supported from below.
Due to the many incidences of collapsing scaffolds in the past, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an off-shoot of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970 and which is charged with the regulation and enforcement of the OSH Act mandate of creating a safe and healthy working environment for all employees, saw it fit to impose a standard on scaffoldings in the hope of reducing incidences of falls or collapse which lead to injuries or workers’ death.
The law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® agrees that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous career fields in the U.S.; it is also very aware that accidents which injure construction workers can most likely result to a number of daunting consequences, such as loss of income, due to time spent in recovery and costly bills for medical treatment. This is why the firm strongly emphasizes the importance of an injured worker understanding his or her legal rights and options in seeking the compensation that he or she may have a legal right to receive.
A scaffold that is not firmly assembled, not supported well from above or poorly maintained can most likely fail when used. After an accident, one important question is whose act of negligence was it that caused the scaffold to collapse. A highly-competent personal injury lawyer or construction accident lawyer may be able to provide the victim all the legal assistance necessary, including investigating further into matters relating to the accident, and in helping the victim determine if his/her case is worth pursuing legally.