Preventing scaffolding accidents on a construction site

| Nov 14, 2018 | personal injury

Working on a construction site can be one of the most dangerous jobs you can have in Long Island. Even though there are policies and procedures in place to protect you, there’s always the chance of an accident happening that can lead to injury and even death. Scaffolding is an important piece of construction equipment that if not built properly can collapse. Follow the tips outlined today to prevent scaffolding accidents.

The scaffolding must be inspected every morning prior to workers boarding it for their tasks. A vandal could have accessed the construction site the night before and messed with the ropes or other parts that secure the scaffolding to the building. If something is wrong, it needs to be fixed before anyone uses it.

All workers required to work on the scaffolding should only do so if they have been properly trained. This includes the workers who are asked to construct and deconstruct the scaffolding. They must be trained on the proper standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

You need the right people for the job when it comes to constructing the scaffolding and working on the scaffolding. These people must be knowledgeable, be experienced and understand the dangers of the equipment.

Proper construction of the scaffolding is also important. The planking used on each level must be able to withstand four times the weight of the load that is on it. This includes all tools, equipment, materials and the construction workers.

Suffering an injury on the job in New York is never easy. You may end up missing time at work while the bills pile up and the expenses from your medical care increase. Be sure to work as carefully as possible at all times when on scaffolding to avoid an accident.

If you have suffered a work-related injury due to a piece of equipment that was not manufactured correctly or due to some other third-party error, a personal injury attorney can explain your legal options.