Posted On: June 5, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Scaffolding Accident at Construction Site Injures Six Workers

Investigators are still trying to determine the reason a section of scaffolding collapsed at a Binghamton University construction site on Wednesday. The construction accident caused six workers to fall five stories (about 60 feet) to the ground. All of the injured workers are employed by Apple Roofing, a subcontractor on the nine-building construction project that LeChase Construction is managing.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has six months to complete its probe into the construction accident. According to one BU employee who had passed by the site, the scaffolding looked overloaded with too many people, lumber, and other material.

Scaffolding Accidents
• OSHA says that out of 2.3 million construction workers, 65% have to work with scaffolding.

• According to the US Department of Labor, there were 88 scaffolding deaths in 2007.

• More than 4,000 scaffolding injuries and occur each year.

• 72% of scaffolding injuries that year either involved the support or planking giving way or a worker slipping or getting hit by a falling object.

• Many of these injuries and deaths could have been avoided were it not for improper scaffolding construction or maintenance.

• Common serious scaffolding injuries include traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, and other physical trauma.

With so many parties usually involved in a construction project, not only are you, as an injured worker, likely entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits from your employer’s insurer, but you also may be able to file Chicago construction accident lawsuits against the other parties responsible for your work accident.

More Details Released On Scaffold Collapse; Still No Cause Determined, WICZ, June 3, 2010

Scaffolding at Binghamton University erected one day before collapse, Pressconnects.com, June 3, 2010

Scaffolding, US Department of Labor

Related Web Resources:

Construction Accidents, OSHA

A Guide to Safe Scaffolding, NCDOL (PDF)

The Law Offices of Steven J. Malman & Associates represents Chicago construction accident victims and their families in Cook County, Will County, DuPage County, and Lake County, Illinois

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