Donning and Doffing, Employment Law

Scaffolding Company Pays $1.5 Million to Settle Construction Worker’s On-the-Job Injury

Beasley Allen on-the-job injury lawyers secured a $1.5 million settlement against Scaffolding Concepts LLC on behalf of Johnny Huffman, a construction worker who suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident on a multiple-story-high scaffolding.

Huffman’s employer, Stone & Webster Construction Services LLC, leased scaffolding from Scaffolding Concepts so that its employees could make repairs at an Alabama Power Company plant in Walker County, Alabama. On April 30, 2007, Huffman and other Stone & Webster employees were disassembling the scaffolding when a wooden board fell from an upper level of the structure onto Huffman’s head, penetrating his hard hat. As a result, Huffman suffered a serious and permanent brain injury that prevented him from working for the remainder of his life. He also incurred medical expenses and lost wages.

Huffman’s family hired Beasley Allen’s Ben Locklar and LaBarron Boone to investigate. They found that Scaffolding Concepts negligently failed to provide material portions of the scaffolding which created a dangerous environment for Stone & Webster employees, including Johnny Huffman.  The item that fell and struck Huffman was a large wooden board that was not part of the scaffolding system.

“Construction workers know they must be cautious when working on scaffolding, but in a situation such as this the onus is on the scaffolding companies to ensure the structures are as safe as possible,” said Beasley Allen’s Ben Locklar. “The settlement assisted the Huffman family to make necessary adjustments to their lifestyle to offset the extensive medical care and loss of income resulting from Johnny Huffman’s serious and permanent injuries.”

The case was pending in the Circuit Court of Walker County, Alabama, case number CV-09-000143, at the time it was settled by the Beasley Allen firm.

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