Durham, NC (PRWEB) August 29, 2013
NC workplace injury lawyer James S. Farrin said today that, in the wake of a recent scaffolding accident, it’s important for workers and employers alike to practice and promote safety at the workplace.
WSOC Charlotte (“OSHA investigates scaffolding collapse at NC High School,” August 13) reported that a scaffolding collapse at a Marion, NC high school sent eight workers to the hospital, including two who were transported by helicopter to hospitals in Spartanburg and Asheville.
“Because scaffolding collapses often involve workers falling from great heights, injuries sustained in these types of accidents can be serious or even fatal,” said Farrin, whose law firm represents victims of negligence, including those hurt in workplace accidents. “In this particular incident, we’re lucky to see that no lives were lost.”
According to WSOC Charlotte, 15 people were working on a scaffold when it suddenly gave out, dropping eight workers 40 to 50 feet below. The remaining workers were able to clutch onto a wall built as an addition to the school and were rescued by emergency personnel.
In addition, WSOC Charlotte reported a review of the company’s safety records revealed that multiple violations and fines were levied in 2008 and 2009, all regarding the use of scaffolds. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the cause of the collapse, the article stated.
“While the cause of this recent scaffolding collapse is under investigation, in general it’s the responsibility of the employer to provide their employees with a safe working environment, protective gear, and equipment that functions properly,” said Farrin. “In some cases, a third party might be found negligent in a construction site accident, which may allow victims to pursue damages beyond what is normally covered by the employers’ workers’ compensation insurance. Construction accidents can be complex, and that’s why it’s wise to consult with an attorney to learn about your rights.”
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The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 12 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford and Wilson. The firm’s 32 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Eminent Domain, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Mass Torts and Products Liability. Three of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations and an active employee matching donation program.
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