While feelings of danger may not be the first idea that comes to mind when thinking about scaffolds, these work platforms are often the source of many long-term injuries.
Knowing potential sources of harm while on scaffolding can help you stay aware of how accidents occur.
Struggles with falls and falling objects
According to the United States Department of Labor, many workers slip on objects laying out on the platform. Hammers or toolboxes are tripping hazards if not put away properly. Even falling from only a few feet above the ground may still harm your head and spine.
In some cases, another worker may negligently drop an item on your head from above. Beyond head injuries, this can also cause you to fall and further injure yourself.
Risk of collapses
An unsafe scaffold can lead to serious pain for anyone climbing on it or using it while it collapses. If it is not put together correctly, it may fall apart without warning. A competent person should always check that it is stable and correctly built before anyone else uses it.
Brain trauma and head injuries are common problems for construction workers. Proper assembly and disassembly of a scaffold are imperative for the safety of you and your coworkers.
Poor injury prevention
A lack of fall arrest systems that prevent injuries can leave you at risk for physical harm. Guard railings that meet the height requirement and secure braces and ties, along with a proper harness, are all required by law.
Your workplace should follow OSHA guidelines at all times, especially when using scaffolds.