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Tragic scaffolding accident in Raleigh a reminder of the importance of workplace safety

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2015 | Workers' Compensation |

How often in life do we go through the motions without thinking? Driving to work, doing our jobs, doing things around the house. Only to be shocked into awareness when we learn that something unexpected or horrible has happened. A plane crash, a car accident, or something completely unforeseen. After yesterday’s scaffolding accident in Raleigh, we are unfortunately reminded that job safety can sometimes mean life or death.

Three workers were killed and one injured when they fell during a scaffolding collapse at a high-rise building under construction in downtown Raleigh. An investigation is being conducted into how this tragic accident occurred and what caused the scaffolding to collapse.

The state Occupational Safety and Health Division’s investigation of the incident could take three to six months to complete, Labor Department spokesman Neal O’Briant told the News & Observer of Raleigh. Investigators will assess records and interview witnesses as they try to figure out what happened, O’Briant said.

The project’s general contractor is Atlanta-based Choate Construction. The workers were in the process of removing and lowering a mast climber on the 11-story Charter Square building, at 501 Fayetteville Street. Mast climber safety guidelines can be found at the International Powered Access Federation website.

Three lives were lost and at least one person injured, but the impact of this tragedy will sadly affect many others. Family foremost, but also friends and co-workers. All must deal with the terrible aftermath of such a tragedy.

Navigating workers’ compensation regulations and dealing with insurance companies can be added weights. Companies that employ three or more employees are required by the State to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. When an employee is injured or killed on the job, while in the course and scope of their employment, there is coverage for them or their families in the event of death.

Call Egerton Law at 336-273-0508 if you have workers’ compensation questions or to find out what you or a loved one may be entitled to under the law. You can also fill out a web contact form to have one of our attorneys contact you.