Construction work, particularly in cities, depends on the use of scaffolding for support. Typically constructed from metal tubing, scaffolds reach up the sides of buildings to allow workers to access the exterior of a building above the ground. They have been in use for centuries and are designed to be put up, moved, and taken down quickly. As a result, they can sometimes weaken and collapse.
Construction companies have an obligation to their workers and to the public to ensure that their temporary structures are sturdy enough to withstand use. If you have been seriously injured because of a scaffolding collapse, you may be entitled to damages. Contact the experienced Clearwater construction accident lawyer of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C. today at 727-441-9030 to learn more about how we can help you
How Accidents Occur
Scaffolding collapse can be due to the metal tubing itself giving way and breaking, although more commonly it is the result of a joint failure where the metal pieces meet. In addition, the metal tubing is often complemented with wooden slats or boards to provide surfaces for the construction workers to stand and work on. These can also give way, crashing to the ground below.
Who is at Risk?
When a scaffold collapses, construction workers aren’t the only people at risk. In city centers, scaffolds often pass over the heads of pedestrians below. A collapsing scaffold can send metal and wood debris raining down onto the sidewalk below. In addition, tools placed on the scaffold can crash to the ground as well, causing serious injuries to anyone who happens to be in the path.