Construction Workers From New York Injured After Falling From Makeshift Scaffold Comprised of Ladders and Wooden Planks At Home On Ann Street
FORT LEE, NEW JERSEY (September 3, 2021) – Two construction workers were injured after they fell from a makeshift scaffold made up of ladders at a home on Ann Street.
New Jersey police officials are saying that the accident took place around 9:44 a.m. in Fort Lee. Two men, both 65-years-old, were working on a scaffold comprised of ladders and wooden planks.
Both of the men fell at some point during their work. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help both of the victims.
They were taken to the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in critical condition. A full investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Fort Lee Ladder Accidents
Falls are one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the construction industry. In fact, more than a third of all fatal accidents are due to falls. The vast majority of falls occur in small construction companies with 20 or fewer employees. It’s not uncommon for these smaller construction companies to have more lax safety standards. There are a number of steps that can be taken in order to prevent fall accidents:
- Plan: Construction companies should plan to have all of the proper safety equipment. This includes securing approved scaffolds.
- Provide: Workers should be given personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) when workers are 6 feet or higher from a lower structure.
- Train: Workers should be trained to use the equipment they are given. Employers should also train workers to identify potential hazards on the job.
When a worker is injured in New Jersey they may be able to seek benefits through the workers compensation system. The worker’s compensation program in New Jersey is a no-fault system. Employers must compensate employees for an injury or illness attributable to their employment. Some of the benefits covered under worker’s compensation include:
- Medical Benefits
- Temporary Disability Benefits
- Permanent Partial Benefits
- Permanent Total Benefits
- Death Benefits
Depending on the facts of any case a worker may be able to seek compensation through a third party liability claim. Workers are barred by statute from bringing civil claims against their employers – with limited exceptions. A third party liability claim may be possible if an entity separate from a worker’s employer was responsible for an accident. Construction sites are typically a blend of companies that must work together. Victims of fall accidents may suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
Workers in New Jersey are protected by a number of laws. Any worker that is injured after falling from a ladder may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. It is crucial that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. This is especially important for medical records. A construction accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Fort Lee Ladder Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the workers injured in this accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent additional accidents like this.
There are a number of questions that need to be answered after this accident. Why were ladders used instead of OSHA approved equipment? Were these workers given the safety equipment they needed? The vast majority of construction accidents are preventable when safety standards are being followed.