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Scaffolding Collapse

Scaffolding Collapse

Our Lawyers Seek Justice When a Scaffolding Accident Causes You harm

If you are hurt on the job, an experienced South Carolina construction accident attorney can protect you

When a scaffold collapses, especially the kind of scaffold used in the construction of high-rise structures, there may be multiple liabilities involved. These kinds of scaffolds are normally leased by a general contractor and set up by a scaffolding company’s specialists. A structural fault in the framework can cause the scaffolding manufacturer, the scaffold’s lessor, and the general contractor to be held jointly or individually liable. You may be able to recover compensation beyond your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance in a third party suit. The attorneys at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, are particularly skilled in related negotiated settlements and litigation.

Scaffolding accidents can be deadly

An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or sixty-five percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that collapsing scaffolds cause 4,500 injuries and over sixty deaths every year, and that seventy-two percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident to:

  • The planking or support giving way
  • The employee slipping
  • The employee being struck by a falling object

Falls are among OSHA’s “fatal four” types of construction accidents. However, falls resulting from collapsed scaffolding are particularly bad because the victims can be injured both by the fall and by being crushed under the metal framework and wooden planks.

Why do scaffolds collapse?

Scaffolding may collapse because:

  • Its components are not properly connected
  • Its base is improperly supported
  • The ratio of its base to its height is incorrect, making the structure unstable
  • The planks that support the workers are weak, and break under their weight

Do not hesitate to speak with a South Carolina construction accident lawyer

The South Carolina construction accident lawyers at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, are committed advocates for individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted by injuries and deaths on construction sites. If you were injured, or a loved one injured or killed in a scaffolding collapse, let us help you obtain justice and the compensation you deserve.

Contact McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, today.  Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by an experienced South Carolina construction accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device.  We proudly serve people throughout the state from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.