Unfortunately, there have been multiple workplace accidents in North Carolina recently. Most recently, several hours east in the state's capital, a scaffolding accident occurred when scaffolding broke free from a high rise construction project. The scaffolding accident occurred when the scaffolding broke free from the façade of the project workers were working on. Several men were on the scaffolding when it broke free and the scaffolding fall resulted in the death of three workers and injured a fourth.
During 2013, greater than a third of construction worker deaths were due to fall-related accidents. In addition, as many as 10 percent of workers may injure themselves in falls each year. Falls are considered one of the "fatal four" types of construction-site accidents that harm workers. Workplace fall accidents can include scaffolding falls, ladder falls and other types of construction-site falls. Falls can lead to serious injuries and damages for workers and their families.
Scaffolds on construction sites can be dangerous to construction workers for a number of reasons. Construction workers may share scaffolding space with building materials and heavy equipment, creating a precarious working environment. Additionally, scaffolding space can be small which makes the risk of falls from the limited area of a scaffold a greater risk. Improperly constructed scaffolds can result in serious injuries or death in some circumstances as well.
Scaffolds are present on many construction sites and present a danger for construction workers who work on them along with heavy machinery and building materials. Unfortunately, the nature of harm resulting from scaffolding falls can include both serious injuries and death.