West Hollywood Scaffold Accident Injured Three People On West Selma Avenue During Period Of Heavy Winds In Los Angeles
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (March 13, 2019) – Three people were injured in Hollywood scaffold accident on the 6700 block of West Selma Avenue during gusty winds.
Los Angeles police are saying that the scaffolding came loose around 2:00 a.m. A witness who goes by the name Leman said that one man was hit in the head by the falling scaffold and appeared to be having seizures.
Two other adults sustained more moderate injuries and were transported to the hospital in order to receive treatment. Some reports suggest the victims may have been sleeping when they were hit.
The city Department of Buildings were called to the scene in order to investigate. A wind advisory had recently been put into affect throughout Hollywood and portions of the San Fernando Valley.
City officials are warning residents to be cautious of downed power lines and falling trees during the wind advisory.
Scaffold Accident Statistics
Scaffolds can represent a serious danger both to construction workers and the general public. According to the study by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), “72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. All of these can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.” Scaffold accidents may seem like a “freak occurrence,” but they are strongly indicative that safety standards are not being met at a particular work-site.
Simply following OSHA standards with respect to scaffolds could prevent an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths every year. The public is at a particularly high risk of injury. Unlike most construction workers, pedestrians generally don’t walk around with hard hats. This is why adhering to safety standards are so important. Here are just a few of the solutions that OSHA has proposed.
- Scaffolds should be sound, rigid and capable of holding up to four times their maximum load
- Unstable objects like boxes and loose bricks should not be used as scaffold support
- Scaffolds should be equipped with guardrails, mid-rails and toeboards.
- A “competent person” must periodically inspect scaffolds to make sure they are stable.
- Ties should be placed on scaffolds at regular intervals to secure them during periods of high wind.
Taking the steps to ensure safety at a construction site can be costly and time consuming. Unfortunately, a number of companies try to cut corners with respect to safety. This is when accidents tend to happen. Depending on the facts of any case, a construction company, general contractor or property owner may face liability if someone is injured in a scaffold accident.
Liability In Scaffold Accidents
A construction company or property owner may face civil liability for a scaffold accident if a person was injured. Liability will typically hinge on whether there was negligence. In order to demonstrate negligence, a plaintiff must show that:
- A defendant owed a victim a duty of care
- The defendant was in breach of that duty of care
- The breach was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries
- The plaintiff suffered damages as a result of the breach.
In short, construction companies have a legal responsibility to take action to prevent accidents that are reasonably foreseeable. Wind is a common hazard in Los Angeles, especially during this time of year. This is why companies should properly secure scaffolds with ties to prevent them from becoming lethal hazards.
Despite their legal responsibility, construction companies and property owners will often try to deny liability for scaffold accidents. A premises liability attorney can investigate your case free of charge and let you know what your options are. Victim’s will typically have the ability to recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. According to the Centre for Neuro Skills, the costs associated with treating a moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be over $1,000,000. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they can begin taking steps to make sure that your rights are being protected.
Getting Help After A Scaffold Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that were injured in this Hollywood scaffold accident on West Selma Avenue. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue to investigate. Someone could have easily been killed. There needs to be some accountability on the part of the property owner and those responsible for this work-site.
Have you or someone that you love been injured in a scaffold accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We’ve successfully resolved thousands of claims and will fight hard to make sure that your medical and financial needs are being well taken care of. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need help investigating an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.