As a construction worker, you’re no stranger to scaffolding. This equipment makes it much easier to access areas that would otherwise be near impossible to reach.
However, scaffolding is only used when someone’s working from a height, which means there are dangers present for those on-site. What are some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents?
The foundations are critical
Scaffolding is a type of construction in itself. As with any other type of construction, it needs to be built upon steady foundations. Workers don’t always have the luxury of building on a perfectly level surface. Thus, adjustments need to be made so that the scaffolding is level and workers do not lose their balance.
Occasionally, this can go wrong. It only takes one slip up for the platform to come crashing down, with serious injuries occurring as a result.
Inadequate safety rails are a problem
Safety rails are a crucial component of scaffolding platforms. If they are not present where they need to be, then workers face a real danger of suffering a nasty fall.
Workers rely on safety rails and personal protective equipment, like harnesses and belts, as the means of maintaining their balance. They are a safety net should a slip or fall occur. A loose or broken safety rail is ineffective and places workers at risk.
Scaffolding is useful but also potentially dangerous. Regular inspections should be carried out to ensure that workers are not placed in unnecessary danger. If you’ve been hurt on the job, then it may benefit you to look into your rights in terms of obtaining workers’ compensation.