Many construction accidents occur as the result of inadequate safety measures. Generally, a bulk of these accidents are from poorly installed or secured scaffolds. Because of the relative height of fall a worker would suffer, or in the event one breaks free and falls itself, scaffolds tend to create some of the most severe injuries in the construction industry.
What Types of Regulations Govern Scaffolds?
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has instituted a variety of measures that govern the use and design of scaffolds. These measures include:
- Design - Each scaffold must be able to support four to five times the amount of weight being placed on the scaffold and have appropriate safety wires.
- Inspection - Each scaffold should be inspected before use by a competent employee to ensure that all are working properly.
What Can I Do If I'm a Victim of a Scaffold Accident?
As a victim of a scaffold accident, it is important to ascertain what exactly caused the scaffold to collapse. Keeping good records can help to strengthen a case in the future.
What Can Employers Do to Prevent Accidents?
The OSHA guidelines are the minimum standards that are required by employers to prevent workplace accidents. However, there are a variety of other steps employers can take to prevent scaffold accidents. These include:
- Frequently replacing scaffold equipment - This measure might prove costly but could prevent costly accidents. Equipment such as ropes and belts frequently wear out in harsh weather conditions.
- Hire safety inspectors - Trained safety inspectors can help determine if your equipment is safe to use and suggest other measures that might be undertaken to increase worker safety.
Should I Consult an Attorney about Scaffold Accidents?
Whether you are an employee or an employer, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you. As a victim of a scaffold accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover damages for your injuries. As an employer, an attorney can advise you on how to avoid unnecessary liability.