Scaffolding Accidents on Construction Sites
Scaffolding accidents happen quite often on construction sites. A scaffold is a suspended platform which allows workers to reach high areas. Ropes attached to an overhead structure or some other means of support hold the scaffold in place.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 2.3 million construction workers commonly work on scaffolds. Scaffold-related accidents account for more than 60 deaths per-year on construction sites and more than 4,000 injuries.
Most scaffolding accidents occur when the scaffolding supports fail. Scaffolding accidents can also occur when a falling object strikes a worker or the worker trips over an object.
In some cases, the construction site owner or contractor is at fault for the accident. This is usually the case when:
- The construction worker has improper training
- The scaffold installation is improper
- There is no personal fall protection equipment available
Any construction worker who works on a scaffold should understand the hazards associated with the job. The worker should also receive training in how to properly use the scaffold and the fall protection equipment.
There are regulations to protect construction workers from scaffolding-related accidents. Many scaffolding-related accidents are preventable. If you are hurt in a scaffolding-related accident you may file a claim for compensation.
It helps to have a knowledgeable construction site accident attorney when filing a construction accident claim. A construction site attorney is a valuable asset because of the knowledge of the law, and the experience dealing with the court system.
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