Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is commonly used on construction
and other industrial worksites. Its purpose is to support the work crew
and provide a platform from which to work. Although scaffolding may be
common, if proper safety procedures are not followed, accidents can easily occur.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
there are more than 10,000
scaffolding accidents every year. Almost 3/4ths of those accidents are caused by planking or
parts of the support structure giving way.
Causes of Worksite Scaffolding Accidents
Workers slipping or falling off of scaffolding is one of the most common
causes of worksite fatalities.
Fatal falls normally occur due to one of four reasons:
- Improperly installed scaffolding equipment
- Defective scaffolding equipment
- Lack of safety training
- Failing to use fall protection equipment
Preventing Worksite Scaffolding Accidents
It is important for any industrial worker to understand the hazards of
scaffolding and to be knowledgeable about accident prevention measures.
Additionally, any time workers are using scaffolding, they should undergo
basic safety training and always be equipped with fall protection equipment.
Below are some additional tips for preventing scaffolding accidents:
- Ensure that the scaffold meets OSHA’s safety requirements and that
workers are following regulations regarding capacity, use, fall protection,
- Ensure that the design of the scaffolding meets or exceeds OSHA regulations
- Ensure that suspension ropes and harness systems are shielded from corrosive
processes and protected from sharp edges
- Ensure that all fall protection and harness systems are anchored to structurally
sound parts of the building and scaffolding
- Ensure that all droplines and tiebacks are secure
Understanding Liability for Scaffolding Accidents
Scaffolding accidents are commonly caused by a third party not following
standard regulations. Employers are required by law to ensure that employees
are provided with a safe worksite. That includes ensuring that any scaffolding
on the worksite meets OSHA safety regulations and that all workers are
provided with and using fall protection equipment. If an employer fails
to meet those obligations, it can be held liable for accidents that occur
on the scaffolding.
Filing a Scaffolding Accident Lawsuit
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident, you may wish to file
a lawsuit in order to recover compensation for injuries you suffered or
lost wages due to being unable to work while recovering from those injuries.
If you are considering filing a lawsuit, it is important that you consult
with a qualified worksite accident attorney as soon as possible to make
sure your legal rights are protected. At Arnold & Itkin, we have represented
thousands of injured industrial workers all across the country. Over the
last 5 years, we have secured over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.
Contact our worksite injury attorneys today for a free consultation about your legal rights.