Lincoln Injury Blog

A look at scaffolding accidents at construction sites

We know that due to the fluid and ever-changing nature of construction sites, that injuries at these sites in Lincoln, Nebraska, and throughout the United States, are not uncommon. Although workers have the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, known as OSHA, in place to help ensure that accidents and workplace injuries are kept to a minimum, accidents still do happen. One of the most common forms of construction accidents are accidents involving scaffolding.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration reports that as many as two-thirds of all construction workers do work on scaffolds. To address the dangers of scaffolds, OSHA has several regulations in place. They require that scaffolds can bear four times the intended maximum weight and that suspension ropes and wires support six times the expected maximum weight. Inspections must be done regularly to ensure that the structures have not been compromised, including a visual check of each structure before each shift.

Common causes of accidents on scaffolds, despite OSHA's regulations, are often due to human error. They may include workers not properly equipping themselves with safety equipment and injuries due to fallen objects. In addition, construction worker injuries due to the improper installation of scaffolds or unsafe equipment are not uncommon.

If you have been involved in a construction accident, including a scaffolding accident, you may want to seek workers' compensation benefits for your injuries. The could include pursuing compensation for your medical expenses as well as lost wages. In order to see if you qualify for workers' compensation benefits, you may want to speak with an area law firm that handles workplace injuries.

Source: FindLaw, "Scaffold Injuries," Accessed on Aug. 21, 2017

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