About Ladder or Scaffold Injuries
Lakeland Ladder and Scaffold Injury Lawyer Dean Burnetti provides professional Ladder and Scaffold Injury Attorney legal services in Polk County, including: Lakeland, Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven; in Highlands County, including: Avon Park, Lake Placid, Lorida, Sebring, Venus, Placid Lake, and Sylvan Shores; and in Hardee County, including: Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchula, Zolfo Springs, Gardner, and Limestone; and all of the Greater Central Florida Area.
On December 29, 1970, the United States’ Occupational Safety and Health Act was enacted, and it inspired Congress to create the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an entity which assures safe working conditions by setting and enforcing specific standards of protocol for each and every industry.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reports that in 2016, our nation lost a total of 5,190 citizens due to fatal work injuries. This figure increased 7% from the 4,836 fatal work injuries reported in 2015. Furthermore, scaffolding accidents account for nearly 4,500 injuries and more than 60 deaths each. It is estimated that nearly one-third of fatal workplace falls involve ladders or scaffolding.
The majority of scaffold-related injuries are caused when:
- Scaffold planking gives way, either because of damaged or defective equipment or due to improper assembly;
- Slipping or tripping while on a scaffold, because of an unsafe incline, slippery scaffold planking, lack of a safety harness being worn, or improper or absent training;
- Tools or objects fall from the scaffold and hit someone below;
- Scaffolding is placed too close to utility lines, leading to electric shock or electrocution.
Common scaffold accident injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Organ Damage
- Spinal Cord Injury / Paralysis
- Traumatic Brain Injury
While scaffold injuries almost always occur on workplace construction sites, the majority of ladder injuries occur at home or on farms. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that more than 500,000 people are treated each year for ladder-related injuries with at least 300 of these incidents per year being fatal.
- The most common reasons for ladder fall injuries include:
- The ladder is setup at too wide or too steep of an angle;
- An inappropriate ladder is being used for the particular job;
- The ladder is broken or defective;
- The user steps above the highest rung recommended for safety;
- The user is untrained in how to safely use the ladder
No matter how you were injured or if a loved one was killed in a ladder or scaffold accident and you aren’t sure what your options are, the attorneys and staff at Dean Burnetti Law are familiar with every aspect of your case. They are eager to navigate the legal system for you as you travel down the road to physical and financial recovery. Call Dean Burnetti Law at 863-287-6388 today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.
The attorneys and staff at Dean Burnetti Law are familiar with every aspect of Ladder and Scaffold Accident Injuries, including soft tissue damage, bone injuries, nerve damage, organ damage, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. Our team is highly qualified and waiting to serve you.
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