There are various types of tools and equipment that are intended to help construction workers in New Jersey and elsewhere perform tasks at heights. Scaffolding is a type of equipment that remains a staple on many project sites and while such tools may be essential to certain tasks, they can also be somewhat dangerous at times. A recent construction accident involving a scaffolding collapse in another state has claimed the lives of three workers and left two others with injuries.
Reports indicate that the incident occurred as five workers were performing tasks at heights with the use of scaffolding. For reasons unknown, the scaffolding suddenly collapsed, causing the workers to fall nearly 70 feet to the ground below. Authorities have advised that two of the workers were both taken to a hospital for treatment of severe injuries, while the other three were all pronounced dead at the scene.
While officials state that an investigation into the incident is underway, it remains unclear as to what might have caused the scaffolding to collapse. Falls from heights continue to be a leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry. Such an incident runs the risk of leaving workers with serious or permanent injuries, or of leaving loved ones grieving over the unexpected loss of someone close.
After a construction accident
Those who suffer harm or loss during a construction accident involving similar circumstances may face various challenges in life. Following the accident, individuals in New Jersey who have questions about their available options might find it helpful to consult with an attorney for guidance on the next steps to take. An attorney can examine every aspect of the incident, provide a client with insight on the best course of action to take, and assist in developing a strategy to seek the full amount of compensation available through the appropriate channels.