Michigan scaffolding accident lawyers often represent Michigan construction workers and their families in lawsuits arising out of Michigan construction site injuries. Many scaffolding injuries occur due to unsafe worksites, lack of safety equipment, and the negligence of the general contractor or other sub-contractors. Due to the difficult and often dangerous nature of the occupation, these accident frequently cause serious and catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death.
Michigan scaffolding accident lawyers have full understanding of the safety rules and regulations regarding scaffolding accidents. Construction projects often require workers to complete their tasks while at a high elevation. There are extraordinary dangers involved in working at heights far greater than those associated with most non-elevated construction work. According to OSHA, construction-related falls kill 362 people per year. Falls from elevation most often occur on ladders, scaffolds and roofs, but can happen almost anywhere, including other construction structures or the building itself.
Falls are a leading cause of traumatic occupational death. Falling from scaffolding accounts for a major portion of worksite accidents. Recent studies suggest that fatal falls occur as a result of defective scaffold equipment, improper installation or operation, improper training of workers, or a failure to use appropriate personal fall protection equipment. This Alert describes five incidents resulting in six deaths caused by falls from suspension scaffolds.
The design and construction of scaffolds must conform with OSHA requirements concerning type of equipment, rated capacities, construction methods, and use. Each scaffold and scaffold component must be capable of supporting its own weight plus at least four times the maximum intended load without failure. Each suspension rope must be capable of supporting at least six times the maximum intended load.
Safety regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establish specific requirements for scaffolds and their operation, including the use of fall protection systems. Every employer, supervisor, and worker involved in work from suspension scaffolds must comply with these regulations. MIOSHA also has strict guidelines to protect workers from scaffolding accidents occurring. If you have been injured due to a scaffolding accident, contact a Michigan Lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights. There are steps that must be taken in order to ensure that critical evidence is secured and an investigation is completed.
If you have suffered a Michigan construction accident injury, contact a Michigan scaffolding accident injury firm immediately to learn about your legal rights.
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