When structures collapse without warning, the effects can be devastating
for anyone in or near the building in question. This also applies to construction
scaffolding, which is a temporary structure set up to maintain the weight
of construction and maintenance workers. In a tragic recent example of
how dangerous these setups can be,
four people were injured in a scaffolding structural collapse in Brownsburg, sending one of those victims into critical condition.
According to reports, the structural collapse happened before 3:43 p.m.
on Monday, July 27th, in the 7000 block of Northfield Drive. The scaffolding collapse was exacerbated
by a thunderstorm in the area, which was marked by heavy winds and rain
– however, officials have insisted that they still need to investigate
the cause of the collapse.
While three of the four victims sustained only minor injuries, the one
in critical condition had been trapped in the collapse. The victim’s
age and identity is not known at the time of this writing, although they
are still currently at Riley Hospital for Children.
Is There Legal Recourse for Victims of Structural Collapse?
Not all structural collapses are caused by negligence, and in many cases,
bad weather can be a primary factor in these tragic incidents. However,
there are still many ways that individual or corporate carelessness can
contribute to a structural collapse – and cause serious harm and
injury to innocent passerby.
Some of the most common examples of negligence in structural collapses:
- Using defective or dangerous materials
- Lack of support for the daily loads required
- Manufacturing errors and issues
- Rust and weather corrosion
- Lack of maintenance for the structure during use
- Failure to follow OSHA regulations
- Lack of fall protection while using scaffolding
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a structural collapse, our
attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you explore all your legal options.
The injuries left by these accidents can be catastrophic, and when that
happens, it’s our goal to help victims recover the resources they
need to heal.