One construction worker was killed and another injured after a fall from an elevation of more than 30 feet at a construction site in Bradenton Beach.
According to the Bradenton Beach Police Department, the fall occurred at 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23. The two men were standing on a makeshift scaffolding, close to the top of a three-story condo building.
Officers who investigated the accident believe the nails holding the scaffold together gave out. One witness reported hearing a cracking sound before seeing the first man fall.
One of the workers, a 49-year-old Arcadia man, was already dead when police arrived at the scene from blunt force trauma to the head. The second man was transported to Blake Medical Center for treatment for serious injuries, and was expected to make a full recovery.
Scaffolding accidents among the most common types of construction accidents
Construction is an inherently dangerous industry—it regularly leads the list of the fields with the highest number of fatal accidents each year. Of the many types of construction accidents, scaffolding accidents and falls from heights are two of the most common, and also two of the deadliest.
There are numerous industry standards and safety protocols that exist for the use of scaffolding at construction sites. A failure to follow those protocols could result in liability for any resulting accidents and injuries that occur.
Workers and construction companies alike are expected to follow all federal safety regulations to ensure the safety of everyone working on the premises.
For more information about the steps to take if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident in the course of their work, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.