Recently, a construction accident in Orlando resulted in two fatalities when the scaffolding on a construction site collapsed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased workers, and to everyone else who was impacted by the tragedy.
About the Scaffolding Accident
On August 29, 2018, construction workers were pouring concrete between the sixth and seventh floor of a hotel under construction near the Walt Disney World Resort. The scaffolding they were standing on suddenly collapsed, causing two workers to fall. Another worker was able to pull himself up, and suffered minor injuries. The federal authorities are investigating the accident in conjunction with local authorities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has also opened an investigation into the accident.
To learn more, click here to read the article on the Washington Post.
Understanding the Risks of Scaffolding Accidents
Under OSHA guidelines, employers must provide safety training, guardrails, and other safety equipment to help keep workers safe. According to OSHA statistics, one of the most common causes of construction worker fatalities is falls from heights. Construction workers must often work on elevated platforms, such as support scaffolds, stairway-type ladders, and suspension scaffolds. If employers or contractors fail to provide necessary safety training and equipment, this could lead to a devastating accident.
Our firm has extensive experience representing clients in construction and work related accidents, and we understand the risks that construction workers face on a daily basis. While workers’ comp benefits are available to employees injured in construction accidents, third-party liability claims may also be filed in certain situations. If your general contractor or employer failed to comply with safety protocols, and directly caused your injuries, you may be able to file a claim to seek compensation.
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident or another type of construction accident, Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin is here to help. Our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys have more than 220 years of combined experience. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.