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How can scaffolding lead to injuries on a worksite?

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Construction sites are busy places where workers strive to get the job done. Scaffolding is an important tool on these sites, helping workers reach high places and keep construction moving.

However, scaffolding can also lead to serious injuries and an eventual need for workers’ compensation.

Lack of training

One big reason accidents happen with scaffolding is that some workers do not get the right training. In the rush to finish projects, employers may not teach workers how to properly put up, take down and walk on scaffolding safely. If workers do not know the right way to use the equipment, accidents are more likely to happen.

Unfixed platforms

Scaffolding needs regular checks to make sure it is safe to use. If those in charge do not take care of the boards or platforms, it becomes dangerous.

Regular inspections help find problems like rust, loose parts or broken boards. When scaffolding is not kept in good shape, it can break or fall, leading to accidents. Construction sites need to make sure they check and fix scaffolding regularly to keep everyone safe.

Bad weather conditions

Weather can make scaffolding slippery and not safe to use. Wind, rain and snow often create dangerous conditions, which requires employers to pay attention to the weather.

Not enough protection against falls

Falls are a big risk on construction sites, and scaffolding needs the right protection to prevent them. Guardrails, midrails and toeboards are important safety measures. If scaffolding does not have these, the chance of someone falling is higher. Employers should make sure their workers have the right protection to avoid falls from scaffolding.

Even though scaffolding is a helpful tool in construction, people can face spinal or head injuries, among other problems. With 11.4 million Americans working in construction as of 2019, these sites need to stay safe for everyone.