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Improper scaffold construction puts workers at risk

Working on a scaffold introduces challenges that might otherwise be easily avoided. Can you safely work with heavy equipment in such a confined space? Was the scaffold constructed properly? Were you provided the proper safety gear? The very fact that these questions need to be asked illustrates the danger you are facing.

Are you a construction worker? Do you often work on scaffolding? Here are some things to consider.

Scaffold injuries can range from simple sprains to death. This wide array depends on numerous factors from the height of the fall to the type of safety equipment to the type of surface you fell upon. OSHA has provided some helpful tips, though, in an attempt to limit - or eradicate altogether - scaffold accidents.

  • Was the scaffold constructed according to the manufacturer's instructions? All too often, people assume that they can figure out how to do something without reading the instructions. This is even more common given the skill level of construction workers. It is crucial to remember, however, that the instructions were put together in a very specific manner. One missed step can spell disaster.
  • Was the scaffold constructed using the correct parts? Over multiple construction projects, it is not uncommon for elements of a scaffold to get damaged. From a bent support to a broken guardrail, workers will often attempt the quick fix and replace the damaged components with components from other scaffolds. While it might seem like a hassle, it is always better to get a replacement piece from the manufacturer to ensure the integrity of the overall structure.

By verifying the safety of the structure itself and wearing the proper safety gear, workers on a construction site can go a long way toward protecting themselves. If you or a loved one was injured in fall or a scaffold collapse, it is wise to discuss your accident with an experienced construction accident attorney to learn more about your legal options.

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