One of the worst things that can happen to any family is the loss of a loved one. Even worse, is the loss of loved one before their time, through a terrible and unfortunate accident. For several families in Raleigh, the same sort of terrible accident left 3 dead and 1 severely injured. A scaffolding collapse on one of the high rises in the city led to the demise of these construction workers. The families are now pursuing legal action against several construction companies in conjunction to one another for a claim of work site negligence that ended up leading to the wrongful death of the workers.
We have all seen how tall and high construction equipment extends. Scaffolding can sometimes be placed at dizzying heights; high enough to mean certain doom should someone fall. These are common risks that go hand in hand with jobs on construction sites. Even so, it is not unreasonable to expect that the necessary equipment used for construction will keep the user safe. The same can be said of scaffolding and devices that utilize scaffolding.
The accident itself involved a mast climber scaffold. Commonly seen in television programs, this device is similar to an elevator, as it crawls up and down the face of a building to get construction workers to the floors they need to be on. The men had been rushed in to take down the scaffolding by their primary contractor, and were forced to load the mast climber with scaffolding as they were taking it down. While taking down some scaffolding, one of the tracks that holds the device up snapped from the weight of it all and sent the workers falling to the ground.
The lawsuit goes into detail regarding some important things about how the scaffolding was set up and utilized. The general contractor was rushing their sub-contractor to take down scaffolding from the building, which forced workers to load the dismantled pieces onto the platform with them. The platform was supposed to only retain weight up to 2500 pounds, but was allegedly carrying up to 4200 pounds at the time of this disastrous accident. On top of this, the mast climber itself was not anchored correctly to the building. Because of the multi-faceted nature of contracting and construction companies, the lawsuit is in pursuit of damages from several different organizations, as they were all on the project, and they may have all contributed to the incident.
Whenever someone loses their life as a result of another person or entity’s negligent actions, there may be a case for wrongful death. As painful as it is to experience the death of a loved one, legal action may be a family’s best recourse, especially when the deceased contributed to the household income. If your loved one has recently died and you believe someone’s negligence contributed to their untimely death, contact our offices today.