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OSHA Regulations for Workers Using Scaffolds

September 15th, 2015

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident at a construction site, you may suffer serious and disabling injuries. According to the New York Labor Law, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.  After an injury is recorded, the worksite is inspected and investigated by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If safety guidelines mandated by OSHA are not adhered to, it can lead to fines and loss of license. It is statistically proven that work sites that follow OSHA safety guidelines have fewer work related injuries.

The following are the OSHA regulations for workers using scaffolds:

OSHA Training Requirement: OSHA mandates training for the workers regarding:

  • OSHA regulations and standards
  • Erecting and dismantling scaffolding
  • Use of appropriate personal protective equipment,
  • Fall protection.
  • Material handling
  • Access-passageways and stairs should be clear and free of debris. Rebar should be capped and clearly illuminated.
  • Working platforms
  • Foundations
  • Planning

In addition to initial training, OSHA requires employers to retrain their employees when appropriate.

OSHA Fall Protection Requirements: OSHA requires fall protection for scaffolding. The type of fall protection requirement varies according to the type of scaffolding. According to OSHA standards, an employer is responsible for providing fall protection.

OSHA Restrictions on Power Line Proximity: According to OSHA standards, depending on the type of electric lines and voltage, scaffolding should be at least three to ten feet away from live power lines. If this regulation is not abided by, it may result in electrocutions, fire and explosion accidents.

Violations of OSHA Standards: If an employer fails to follow these safety standards, it may result in fines, stop work orders and loss in licensing.

Scaffolding Accident Attorneys in New York

If you or someone you know is injured in any type of scaffolding accident, contact a scaffolding attorney who is familiar with New York Labor Law. At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., we are very familiar with the special provisions of the New York Labor Law that deal with injuries sustained by falls from scaffolds and ladders by construction workers on the work site. We pride ourselves on helping scaffold and ladder accident victims throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester County and Rockland County obtain compensation for their injuries and financial loss.

Call (917) 300-0797 for a consultation with one of our experienced scaffolding accident attorneys.


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