Each year there are approximately 500,000 construction accidents, one in five of these accidents involved scaffolding. Scaffolding accidents usually occur due to improper construction or negligent maintenance of scaffolding.
In a general sense, most scaffolding accidents are caused by improper construction or negligent maintenance. More specifically, the most common causes are planking or supporting giving way, an employee slipping, or employees being struck by falling objects. Planks giving way or slipping out of place is the most common cause of scaffolding accidents.
Under the Occupational safety and Health Act (OSHA) there are strict standards for the assembly and use of scaffolding. The problem is that many times the people responsible for erecting a scaffold and paying for it feel that some parts are unnecessary or too expensive. This results in scaffolding that are in violation of OSHA standards and dangerous to workers.
Oftentimes parts are missing from scaffolding. The people responsible for the scaffolding will usually claim that these parts were forgotten, rather than overlooked or intentionally left out. Parts that are often "forgotten" include the following:
If you or someone you know is involved in a scaffolding accident, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced construction lawyer can advise you of your rights and ensure that they are protected.
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