There are construction sites all over the state of Maryland, many of which have workers on scaffolding throughout the day. Despite the best efforts of everybody involved to remain safe, there are times when accidents occur.
According to FindLaw, citing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 65 percent of construction employees work on scaffolding regularly.
Scaffold accidents can come about for many reasons, including but not limited to: unsafe equipment, improper setup and installation, product defect, falling objects and neglecting to use protective equipment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has regulations in place for the use of scaffolds. This includes:
— Inspections. Employers should require at least one person to inspect all scaffold equipment for visible defects before a work shift begins. Furthermore, scaffolds should only be erected, dismantled and moved under the supervision of a knowledgeable party. Additionally, all fall protection equipment, such as drop lines and harnesses, should also be inspected.
— Design and construction. The design and construction of all scaffolds used on the job site must conform with Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements concerning use, capacities and construction methods.
Even though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has done its part in helping to protect against scaffold accidents and injuries, this is still a problem in the construction industry. There are still times when something goes wrong and a person is injured or killed.
If a scaffold accident injures somebody, the victim should receive medical attention. From there, he or she may want to learn more about the accident, including if third party is at fault.
Source: FindLaw, “Scaffold Injuries” Dec. 10, 2014