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How can scaffolding cause serious injuries?

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2021 | Construction Accidents |

While on a construction site, you may encounter hazards when you climb a scaffold and begin to work.  

These physical dangers can come from various sources. Issues like unsafe platforms and a lack of supervision can lead to a serious personal injury accident.  

Tripping hazards

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falling from a great height is one of the most common worries people have while on a scaffold. These raised platforms often do not have sufficient protection against the elements. 

Issues like broken railings and scattered debris along where you walk can easily cause a fall. Even something as simple as a hammer left out in the wrong place can lead to a serious injury.  

Poor construction

Every scaffold, by law, must have certain structural safety measures in place. Poorly designed scaffolds can lead to collapses and back or neck injuries. The ropes connecting the scaffold, as well as any load-bearing members such as legs or frames, must be thoroughly checked before anyone uses it.  

In addition, every company needs to assign a competent person to check any platforms or other items during the construction of a scaffold. This official’s knowledge is important for preventing or fixing any safety errors.  

Falling items

Putting too much weight on a scaffold can cause it to buckle and fall while workers are still on it. It can also cause items to fall and strike someone standing or kneeling below. 

Heavy items like hammers and wrenches hitting you directly can seriously injure your brain or spine. Working on an uninspected or poorly made scaffold can subject you to many dangers and potential health hazards.