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Scaffolding-related injuries put construction workers at risk.

| Sep 11, 2020 | Firm News

Many construction workers rely on scaffolding to support them while doing their daily work. However, that scaffolding can also be the source of significant risk. Studies indicate that that the majority of scaffolding-related injuries result from three causes: collapsing structures, falls or falling objects.

Manufacturer defects or improper set-up can cause scaffolding collapse

Defective or improperly set up scaffolds can pose a danger to workers both on the scaffolding and beneath it. If manufacturers provide defective scaffolding, the planks or supports can fail without warning. Improper assembly, on the other hand, can place scaffolding on uneven or unstable ground or leave the structure without the support it needs.

Even if scaffolding is stable, a fall could be catastrophic.

Falls pose a significant risk to construction workers and account for more than one-third of fatal accidents. Because of this, OSHA requirements to put fall protection measures in place if workers will be more than 10 feet from the ground. However, employers must properly train their workers incorrect use of this equipment, and improper training can put workers at risk of serious harm.

Objects falling from scaffolding can be dangerous to workers and passers-by alike.

While many scaffolding-related injuries involve workers on the scaffold itself, falling objects can put anyone below the scaffolding at serious risk. Hand tools, equipment, supplies and other items falling from a height can The scaffolding itself may be the falling object that strikes a worker underneath. However, it is also very common for a careless worker on the level above to knock a tool or power equipment over the side. If the accident is the result of someone’s negligence or reckless disregard for others on the worksite, that person may be liable.

Any scaffold-related accident on a construction site could lead to significant injuries like broken bones, spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries. The most serious accidents are fatal.

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