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Preventing Scaffolding Accidents on Industrial Worksites

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 31-Mar-2015

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, and access
  • 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.

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