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Safety Tips to Avoid Scaffolding Accidents

September 11th, 2015

Scaffolding accidents are one of the most common types of construction accidents. Scaffolding accidents can lead to fatal injuries which may accrue astronomical medical bills. According to the statistics of U.S. Department of Labor, every year nearly 5000 workers suffer injuries, and more than 60 people die due to scaffolding accidents. These accidents can be avoided by taking the appropriates measures.

The following are some safety tips to avoid scaffolding accidents:

  • Scaffolds should be erected only on solid footing
  • Scaffolds should be able to hold their own weight and four times the maximum intended load to be applied or transmitted on the scaffold.
  • Scaffolding should be designed, built and erected by trained and experienced workers.
  • Before initiating a job on a scaffold, each scaffold platform should be inspected for breaks, knots, or cracks.
  • Scaffolds should have protection equipment like guardrails, mid-rails and toe boards.
  • Scaffolds should be at least 10 feet away from electric power lines to avoid electrocution accidents.
  • Scaffolds should be erected, moved or altered only under the supervision of a competent person.
  • Tools and materials must be kept away from the site of scaffolding accidents.
  • If any scaffold accessories such as braces, brackets, trusses, screw legs or ladders are damaged, they must be replaced immediately.

Every worker must follow safety rules to avoid scaffolding accidents. If a worker fails to abide by the safety rules, he may suffer serious injuries. By filing a lawsuit, he may be able to claim compensation for his damages.

Scaffolding Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident at a construction site, contact 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 in 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 us at (917) 300-0797 for a free case evaluation.

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