Common Causes of Scaffolding Accidents
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Fri Apr 2014
Scaffolding is a big part of the construction industry and experience for most construction workers. The steel bars erected on most construction sites are a necessity for the basic infrastructure of buildings and as a way for workers to reach high up places.
As necessary as they may be, scaffolding are also the cause of many construction site accidents. As such, in order to maintain safe premises for workers, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) provides strict guidelines for scaffolding construction. However, even when these safety requirements are met, scaffolding accidents still happen.
The Potential Causes of Scaffolding Accidents
Despite strict regulations set by OSHA, construction companies cut corners when putting up scaffolding. This gamble may not always result in devastating accidents. However, when it does, the worker may be left with life-long injuries and the need for long-term medical treatment.
There are many factors that may lead to a scaffolding accident. Some potential and common causes of scaffolding accidents include:
- Slip and falls
- Lack of guard rails
- Lack of side brackets
- Lack of base plate
- Missing parts during the installment process
- Improper construction
Common Scaffolding Accident Injuries
Scaffolding accidents typically result in serious injuries. These injuries almost always affect the victim’s ability to continue working and their ability to continue with every-day activities and their overall lifestyle. Some common injuries caused by scaffolding accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Broken or fractured bones
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a scaffolding accident, or any other type of construction site accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. You should consult an experienced construction accident injury lawyer to help you get the full extent of compensation that you and your loved ones are entitled to.
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