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Scaffolding Collapse in New York Construction Site Investigated

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Federal officials are investigating a scaffolding collapse which occurred at a high-rise building in a suburb of New York City. According to a recent Associated Press news report, the collapse left two workers dangling by their safety ropes. They had to be rescued by firefighters.

Officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency that investigates workplace accidents, are currently looking into why this construction accident occurred and whether it could have been prevented. The workers were reportedly trapped over 12 stories for more than an hour after the scaffolding collapsed at the 27-story senior center in Yonkers. The workers were both brought down safely after a dramatic rescue by firefighters, but the extent of their injuries is not known at this time.

According to a 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report, 88 work-related deaths in 2007 were attributed to scaffolding or staging failure at construction sites. BLS found that 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident to either the planking or support giving way or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object.

Scaffolding accidents are entirely preventable. These construction site accidents occur primarily because the scaffolds are improperly installed or used. Sometimes, defective components used to erect the scaffold can also cause it to collapse. When someone who is unskilled or does not have proper training to construct a scaffold builds it, workers are put at unnecessary risk. Employers are also required to have workers use fall safety devices such as harnesses when they work at heights.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a scaffold collapse, you may be entitled to receive additional compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings and other damages. The experienced New York personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you obtain fair and full compensation for all your injuries, damages and losses. Call us today at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU for a free consultation and comprehensive evaluation of your injury claim.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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