It's quite common to see Boston construction workers climbing around on scaffolding erected all over the city. In fact, by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimations, approximately 65% of construction workers' job duties place them regularly on scaffolds.
An accident on a building scaffold can be quite serious, however. There are many things that can go wrong on a scaffold, including:
- Failure of the hoists or lifts
- Loosened anchor joists
- Objects falling from above
- Improper installation of the scaffolds
OSHA has strict scaffold regulations in place to protect workers who toil high above the city streets below. Failing to adhere to these regulations can cause a job site to be shut down and the construction company fined heavily.
Scaffold workers who suffer on-the-job injuries can apply and qualify for workers' compensation benefits while they recover from their injuries and are unable to work. These benefits will cover the medical treatment they need, rehabilitative therapies and any additional expenses related to the injury, e.g., costs of medical equipment.
Injured workers may also receive some weekly cash benefits while they are off work recuperating from their scaffolding injuries.
Workers' compensation benefits are covered by a special insurance policy that is paid for by the employers. But to access these benefits, the injured workers must apply.
Sometimes, an employer will dispute the claim, perhaps alleging the worker was not, in fact, injured on the job but elsewhere off the premises or the clock. In those cases, it might be necessary to retain a Boston workers' compensation attorney to appeal the denial and access the benefits.