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How are scaffolds dangerous for construction workers?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

When you are working in construction zones, you may need to climb up on a high platform called a scaffold in order to finish a job.

When this scaffold starts to sway or fall apart, you could end up with life-threatening injuries. Being aware of why these injuries can happen may help you if you are suffering from one.

Lack of safety features

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one difficult issue that you may encounter is a lack of safety features on the scaffold. Workers may struggle if there are no guard railings or overhead support for people moving along the walkways multiple feet above the ground.

If another person bumps into you or you slip on an item someone left out, you could easily fall and harm your spine or head. Your bosses and coworkers need to stay aware of where you are and clean up after themselves while on a scaffold.

Inferior building supplies

A few moments after you first step onto a scaffold, it could start to break apart and send you falling to the ground. This can happen when the materials people use to build the scaffold are of poor quality. The wood may have weather damage and certain pieces of metal could have rust on them.

No quality checks

If your workplace does not have a competent person to inspect and approve the structure, you are at risk for serious injuries. Other workers may also construct the scaffold in an incomplete or dangerous way, such as not entirely joining certain boards together.

Understanding why workplace negligence and scaffolds can lead to injuries can help you get a better idea of what legal steps to take next.