A vehicular accident could have caused a construction accident
A collision between two taxis sent one cab careening into construction scaffolding on Sixth Avenue near West 37th Street. The accident caused a third of the sidewalk shed to fall onto both the taxi and the sidewalk, reported ABC News (8.23.13). Thankfully, no one was hurt in the accident.
The accident occurred around 1:30 a.m. and there were no construction workers or pedestrians on or under the scaffold when it fell.
It was reported that the taxis were fighting for a fare when one cut the other off.
Scaffold accidents can be prevented
The scaffolding that was hit was disassembled and removed, according to ABC News. Next it will need to be reconstructed and then carefully inspected. Scaffolding accidents can lead to serious and fatal injuries. Scaffolding accidents result in an estimated 4,500 injuries and 60 deaths every year, said the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65% of the construction industry, work on scaffolds frequently.
To prevent accidents, scaffolds should be inspected by a qualified person before being used. Scaffolding should also be inspected daily and before each use – one never knows when a new hazard is going to present itself.
Scaffolding Accident Injuries and New York Personal Injury Lawyers
Injuries from construction accidents involving scaffolding cause serious injuries and, even death. Injuries may include broken bones, paralysis, head and-or brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Victims who have suffered personal injury caused by a scaffold collapse often have significant and ongoing medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability and income loss.
Proper safety practices can prevent the overwhelming majority of scaffold construction accidents.
If you, or a loved one, have suffered serious personal injury as a result of a scaffold accident, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm in New York.