The W Walnut Street Scaffolding Was Due To Be Disassembled
Two construction workers were injured in the early hours of Tuesday, October 1st when a scaffolding structure came tumbling down at the northeast corner of W Walnut and Interstate 49.
The structure had been put in place while work on the bridge beams was being completed. By the time that the scaffolding was being disassembled on Tuesday morning, all work was finalized, so fortunately the bridge is not at risk.
Unfortunately, the task was not completed without injuries. One worker was translated to a local hospital for treatment of a crushed finger, while the other remained at the construction site, refusing treatment.
Traffic was unaffected by the incident, as all debris remained off the street.
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Laurence Banville, an experienced construction accident attorney at BanvilleLaw.com, offered the following pointers on how a worker’s compensation claim can help victims of scaffolding accidents:
“OSHA, the federal office which supervises workplace accidents, reports that more than 2 million workers work on scaffolds; this amounts to 65% of the entire construction industry.
This statistic isn’t so surprising, though, as most construction workers require these temporary metal structures to access elevated areas of work. Naturally, when construction workers are working from heights, they put themselves in precarious positions.
Understanding the hazards, OSHA also puts safety standards in place, some specifically dealing with scaffolding, so as to preserve the health and safety of all construction workers. Unfortunately, construction accidents continue occurring month after month.
Workers injured by scaffolding while on the job have the right to file a claim with the worker’s comp system. This claim, if successful, can help bring financial security back to the victim and their families, as it can help cover medical expenses and maybe even lost wages resulting from the work injury. An experienced attorney can also be of help in analyzing the details and laying out all of the options for compensation.”
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