Scaffold accidents are a common construction-industry injury, and both manufacturer error and safety violations often play a role. In fact, according to OSHA, scaffold violations rounded out the top three company safety infractions in 2012. From danger when scaffolding is erected improperly to risks introduced during transport, common employer infractions mean that injured construction workers may have a strong case when it comes to seeking monetary compensation for injuries sustained on the job.
What to Do After a Scaffold Injury in NJ
It is essential to protect your rights after a workplace injury, even as you begin to recover. If you have sustained a scaffold injury on the job, take the following steps immediately:
- Seek any necessary medical attention needed as a result of the injury
- Document any details that may point to an OSHA or BOCA violation
- Retain the services of an experienced NJ Construction Accident Attorney
- Scaffold must be sound, rigid and sufficient to carry its own weight plus four times the maximum intended load without settling or displacement. It must be erected on solid footing.
- Unstable objects, such as barrels, boxes, loose bricks or concrete blocks must not be used to support scaffolds or planks.
- Scaffold must not be erected, moved, dismantled or altered except under the supervision of a competent person.
- Scaffold must be equipped with guardrails, midrails and toeboards.
- Scaffold accessories such as braces, brackets, trusses, screw legs or ladders that are damaged or weakened from any cause must be immediately repaired or replaced.
- Scaffold platforms must be tightly planked with scaffold plank grade material or equivalent.
- A “competent person” must inspect the scaffolding and, at designated intervals, reinspect it.
- Rigging on suspension scaffolds must be inspected by a competent person before each shift and after any occurrence that could affect structural integrity to ensure that all connections are tight and that no damage to the rigging has occurred since its last use.
- Synthetic and natural rope used in suspension scaffolding must be protected from heat-producing sources.
- Employees must be instructed about the hazards of using diagonal braces as fall protection.
- Scaffold can be accessed by using ladders and stairwells.
- Scaffolds must be at least 10 feet from electric power lines at all times.
Seasoned New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyers
From lost wages to pain, construction accidents can have serious aftereffects, and injured construction workers may be entitled to monetary support beyond Worker’s Compensation – especially in cases of partial or permanent disability. Gill and Chamas has a deep roster of New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyers and we invest in your case – from understanding the letter of the law to employing scaffolding engineers to document employer infractions, with no out-of-pocket investment required.
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