Unsafe scaffolding can cause preventable construction accidents

While workplace injuries can occur in any industry at any time, some occupations are more hazardous than others. Workers in the construction industry in Arizona put their lives on the line daily because there is such a wide variety of potentially deadly tasks they have to do. Falls from scaffolding form a significant percentage of construction accidents that lead to severe injuries or death, and many of these tragedies are found to have been preventable.

If the scaffold-related safety regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are followed, falls will only occur on rare occasions. One of the most important rules is to ensure the scaffolding structure is erected by those who are appropriately trained for the job. The completed structure must then be inspected by a qualified professional before work starts. Employees and inspectors must continue to be vigilant and check for potential risks throughout the project, as weather and other issues could compromise the stability of the structure.

If the building project will require the scaffold to be broken down and repositioned during construction, the new site must be accurately inspected, and the erection must be subjected to the same scrutiny as the previous structure. Safety training for the workers on the scaffold is essential --including in the use of fall protection -- and those moving about on lower levels must take particular care when passing below. Objects dropped from a scaffold can cause deadly injuries to those working at lower levels.

Victims of construction accidents in Arizona may be entitled to seek financial assistance through the workers' compensation system for the state. An attorney who is experienced in fighting for the rights of injured workers may be an asset. The lawyer can help with the process of claiming benefits to cover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. If for any reason, the claim is denied, the attorney can also navigate the complicated appeals process.

Source: forconstructionpros.com, "5 Safety Tips When Working with Scaffolding", Kimberly Hegeman, Accessed on Dec. 9, 2017

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