Scaffolding has long been a necessity in construction. Without it, it would be nearly impossible for workers to finish, paint, or resurface buildings. But scaffolding is meant to be temporary. Poorly-designed or improperly constructed scaffolding may not be able to sustain the combined weight of workers, tools, and materials. If you have been injured because of weak scaffolding, you may be entitled to compensation.
While an all-out collapse might be the most dramatic and likely the most destructive way a failed scaffold can cause injuries, there are lesser known ways as well. Objects dropped from scaffolding can cause serious injuries to passersby. And poorly-constructed scaffolds may also give way on their own, sending tools and materials tumbling downward.
Pedestrians and Scaffolding Accidents
Scaffolds constructed above sidewalks are expected to provide safe passage for pedestrians, shielded from any falling objects. If workers fail to construct these barriers, however, or if they are too weak to sustain the impact, anyone passing below may be injured. Likewise, if the supports cannot hold up the weight of workers, they could sustain serious injuries.
Construction companies have an obligation to ensure their projects are completed safely and responsibly. If they neglect important safety measures or allow their workers to behave irresponsibly, they could be held accountable for the consequences of their actions. With the help of an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer, you can seek justice after a scaffolding accident.
If you have been injured because of failed scaffolding, you may be entitled to compensation from those responsible. By taking legal action now, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills and suffering.
To discuss your case with an experienced attorney, contact the Champaign personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., today at (217) 328-2828.