Boston Scaffolding and Ladder Accident Attorney
Rawson Merrigan & Litner, LLP represents injured construction workers throughout Massachusetts. Our Boston scaffolding and ladder accident attorneys have more than 75 years of combined personal injury experience. We can investigate your ladder or scaffolding accident and seek compensation from the negligent party.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that falls cause more U.S. construction worker deaths than any other type of accident. In addition, falls injure more than 100,000 construction workers every year. Because of the danger, OSHA regulations require that construction workers at a height of six feet or more are protected from falls. However, accidents still happen every day.
Scaffolding accident deaths comprise a large percentage of construction site fatalities. There are three types of scaffolds used at construction sites: supported scaffolds, suspended scaffolds and man-lifts or hoists. The dangers they pose include:
- Contact with power lines
- Being struck by falling objects
Scaffolding accidents often cause serious injuries to the head and back. A collapse can cause workers to become trapped and crushed. Electric shock and death by electrocution can occur if the scaffold touches power lines.
Ladders can be very dangerous because they are often unstable. They may not be safely positioned, they may slip from their supports or they may be on an unsafe surface. Attempting to carry objects when climbing a ladder can also cause a worker to fall.