Scaffolding is a common site at construction yards. It is also a prime source for construction injuries. According to OSHA, 54 workers were killed in scaffolding accidents in 2009. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics also says that 72% of injuries are due to the planking giving way, the employee slipping, or an object falling from above. All of these are preventable injuries.
Yet still, accidents happen. A worker in Chicago is now in serious-to-critical condition after scaffolding collapsed completely while he was on it. Three stories of wood and metal came crashing down. Thankfully, the wounds he suffered are not considered to be life-threatening.
What can be done to prevent scaffolding injuries? First, OSHA has a series of guidelines for people setting up and using scaffolding. Knowing these guidelines and making sure they are followed is a good first step. These guidelines can be found on OSHA’s website at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/.
Some of the things to notice include:
* Height to base ratio
* Presence or absence of fall arrestors
* Presence or absence of guard rails
* Distance from power lines or other energized wires
* Presence or absence of nets to catch falling equipment
* Barricades around the scaffolding to prevent unauthorized entry
* Regular inspections of the scaffolding to ensure stability over time.
* Proper gap between scaffolding surfaces
These are the sorts of things that OSHA would look for in a scaffolding accident. These are also the same things we would look for on behalf of our clients. Many construction accidents can be prevented if the proper gear and training is followed. When it doesn’t happen, injuries and death result. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, we want to hear your case. Contact Doyle LLP Trial Lawyers LLP for a consultation.