Scaffolding Accident Statistics
Serious and fatal scaffolding accidents routinely occur throughout the country, including here in Texas. While these construction site accidents can result in serious and life-changing injuries, the saddest part is that most of them could have been prevented if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) required safety protocol regarding scaffolding had been followed.
Here are some startling national statistics from OSHA concerning scaffolding accidents:
- 10,000 construction workers are injured every year in scaffolding accidents;
- In 2007 (the last year of available recorded data), 88 people died in fatal scaffolding accidents; and
- 72% of those scaffolding accidents were caused by planking or other support structures giving way, employees slipping, or employees being struck by falling debris.
Unfortunately what these statistics show is that by simply following OSHA’s safety standards for scaffolding, nearly 50% of these scaffolding accidents could have been prevented.
Scaffolding accidents are commonly caused by negligence through third-parties such as those responsible for assembling the structure, maintaining the safety of the scaffolding, and even the manufacturer of the scaffolding when the accident occurred as a result of a design flaw.
The only way to determine who may be ultimately responsible for your scaffolding accident injuries is to speak to a Houston construction accident attorney with experience in scaffolding and other common construction accidents. Workers’ Compensation may not offer enough compensation for permanent or long-term injuries, so it’s important for you to understand what financial options are available to you during this difficult time.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a Texas scaffolding accident, it’s vital for you to speak to an experienced Houston construction accident lawyer. A qualified attorney can look at the specifics of your case, help you determine liability, and explain all of your legal options for recovering the compensation you need and deserve.
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Contacting a Houston Construction Accident Attorney
If you are facing serious or permanent injuries following a Texas construction accident, you need the legal expertise of an experienced Houston construction accident attorney to help you fight for fair compensation. Contact the law offices of Steven Lee, P.C. today at 713-921-4171 or 1-800-232-3711. Help is available 24 hours a day and the initial consultation is always FREE. We are also able to provide transportation options as well as home and hospital visits.