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4 common causes of scaffold injuries

Being on scaffolding is a very common part of construction work. Many of the construction workers here in New York do work tasks on supported scaffolds, suspended scaffolds or scaffold-like equipment (such as aerial lifts).

Unfortunately, workers sometimes suffer injuries while on these structures. Scaffolding injuries can have major implications for a worker’s life and future. So, getting fair compensation to help cope with these ramifications can be very important for victims of such injuries.

Report confirms increase in New York construction accidents

2018 has been a fruitful year for the Big Apple’s construction industry. From January to May, New York had a building boom and had activity worth over $15 billion, which is almost double the amount of the second place in construction starts, Dallas-Fort Worth.

Unfortunately, the extra amount of money and projects the state had in 2018 also saw an increase in construction accidents and fatalities. The New York City Department of Buildings recently put out the state’s monthly accident details from January to July of this year to examine how much more fatalities the state is experiencing this year.

New York construction worker struck by scaffolding

The New York City construction worker is one of the iconic images of the American working class. These hard-working individuals are the backbone that keeps the city standing upright, as well as the force that keeps it expanding. Construction is a physical job that carries an element of risk with it at every turn. And while safety is always a key concern on a jobsite, accidents do happen.

That was the scene earlier this summer in Morningside Heights, a neighborhood in Manhattan. According to NBC New York, construction worker Angel Ezpinoza was repairing the façade of a building at Columbia University when a piece of scaffolding came loose. The piping dropped 12 stories before fatally striking him.

Falling accidents haven’t decreased over time

When a business faces a deadly problem, common sense says that it would quickly find a way to keep its workers safe. However, the construction industry has not yet achieved this feat.

Falling from ladders, scaffolding or roofs can cause serious injuries for construction workers. In many cases, a falling accident could prove fatal. Despite these high stakes, falling accidents have remained the leading cause of construction-related fatalities throughout the years.

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