The Seattle Times reports that two men in their 30s were critically injured when they fell 30 feet from scaffolding while working on a house this afternoon in South Seattle.
According to the report, both men were rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries.
The construction accident occurred around 2pm at a house in the 3900 block of 48th Avenue south.
KIRO TV.com additionally reported that the men worked at Esary Roofing & Siding company and were working on the deck of a house. In their updated report at 5:34 pm, KIRO TV reported that one man was in intensive care in “serious condition” and the other man is listed in “satisfactory condition.”
In 2007, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) reported 88 deaths related to scaffolds and staging. Annually, approximately 4,500 construction injuries and 50 deaths are attributed to scaffolding accidents. A study by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics found that 72% of workers in scaffold accident reported that the accident was caused by either the planking or support “giving way” or the worker slipping or being hit by a falling objects.
The DOL has an extensive web-site with information about scaffolding safety and best practices. OSHA will investigate this accident to determine the causes of the accident to determine if the accident was caused by faulty design, construction or lack of safety precautions.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who are seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed.