Protect Yourself From the Dangers of Scaffolding

What is up with all the scaffolding? If you have ever worked on or near a construction site you may have wondered this very question. There is no doubt that scaffolding is a useful tool which is substantially safer than individual ladders and can help a job to be completed much faster. But even though it is safer, it is still not actually safe. Here are a few potential problems you should be cautious about when working on or near scaffolding.

Common Causes of Falls

One of the easiest ways to get hurt on scaffolding is to fall off. This often happens when people are working busily and unaware they are too close to the edges of the platform. This sort of accident can be prevented by always utilizing railing and securing safety harnesses. Workers should always be aware of where they are on the platform and never leave anything on the floor which could create a tripping hazard.

Structural Failure and Tipping

Scaffolding which is not properly installed or placed on a slope can collapse or roll. This is a danger for anyone near the structure. Only trained employees should be allowed to assemble and prepare scaffolding for use. All safety features like wheel locks should be used and the equipment should never be placed on an uneven surface.

Danger From Above

Just because you are not working on the scaffolding does not mean you cannot be injured. Dropped tools or items blown off the platform can strike and injure anyone working on the ground under the scaffolding. Hardhats should always be worn by anyone in the area and employees should be trained to not work directly beside or under the scaffolding at any time.

Workplace injuries are not uncommon and can occur any day on any worksite. If you happen to be injured on one of these sites, especially when it happens because of the carelessness of a co-worker or employer, get an attorney. Worker’s compensation often only covers a portion of the medical bills and the disruption in your ability to work could have long-lasting ramifications on your finances. Contact an attorney to learn more about your rights.