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Scaffolding: A common danger on construction sites

One of the top reasons reported for construction site injuries is worker falls, and that's not surprising given the amount of time employees on such sites spend on unlevel surfaces and scaffolding. Estimates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration say that as many as 65 percent of employees in the industry work regularly on scaffolding.

OSHA requires certain safety precautions on sites where scaffolding is present. First, any scaffolding used must be designed in keeping with OSHA regulations. Workers must also follow OSHA requirements with putting scaffolding together. Second, construction companies must designate a properly trained and competent employee to investigate scaffolding once it is put up. The investigation is meant to identify possible safety issues or errors before anyone begins work on the scaffolding.

Part of the OSHA requirements mandate that construction employers replace scaffolding that is damaged or is worn out. Older scaffolding can have weak points, joint issues or other defects that make it more likely for an accident to occur.

Workers' compensation laws are such that you don't need to prove that employer failed to make scaffolding safe in order to seek compensation from an injury. If you are a construction worker injured in an on-site accident, you are likely covered by workers' compensation. However, it is worth noting the situation that led to an injury because reports to OSHA and subsequent investigations can help reduce the chance that injuries would happen again.

If you were injured in a scaffolding accident and were denied workers' compensation claims, then it might be time to seek assistance from a legal professional. Someone with legal knowledge and experience can help you see a claim through to resolution.

Source: FindLaw, "Scaffold Injuries," accessed Dec. 24, 2015

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