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Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents



October 15th, 2015

Scaffoldings are necessary at many construction sites. They offer access to work areas that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reach by workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 65% of construction workers use a scaffolding in their daily occupation. To avoid injuries to construction workers, OSHA carefully regulates scaffolding installation and maintenance. However, many construction companies ignore the regulations set by OSHA, resulting in thousands of construction site accidents every year.

What are the Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents?

Scaffolding accidents are often caused due to negligence. Some of the specific circumstances that may cause a scaffolding accident include:

  • Failure to assemble the scaffolding properly
  • Failure to maintain the scaffolding adequately
  • Failure to install critical safety features like handrails, guardrails, bars or similar devices
  • Failure to secure the scaffolding properly
  • Failure to safeguard the scaffolding in inclement weather, creating slippery conditions

A scaffold accident may also be caused by defective scaffolding equipment, wooden planks or boards that are used to create the scaffold platform may break under the weight. A worker may also fall from the scaffolding because protective equipment such as tethers were not used or were improperly secured.

Scaffold components which are most often missing and cause accidents are:

  • Base plates and mud sills
  • Scaffold ties
  • Side brackets
  • Guard railing
  • Toe boards
  • Work platform decking
  • Fastening pins
  • Lock pins

In a nutshell, any negligent behavior on the part of those responsible for constructing and maintaining a scaffolding may constitute grounds for compensation. There are strict regulations and standards which apply to scaffolding assembly, erection and dissembling. Scaffolding accidents are almost always preventable and can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.

Injured in a Scaffolding Accident? Call 917-300-0797/718-619-4525 for a Scaffolding Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a scaffolding accident, you may be eligible for compensation. You need the help of a scaffolding accident lawyer to help you throughout the compensation process. The scaffolding accident lawyer at the Dervishi Law Group, P.C. can help. You can call us at 917-300-0797/718-619-4525 or email at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

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