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Safety Tips for Scaffold Safety


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9/11/2014
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You’ve been working with scaffolding since your first job in construction over 15-years-ago and you’ve never had a problem—until today. You were stationed at the top of a 40-foot scaffold, when all of a sudden, the plank beneath you cracked. You fell straight through it, down four stories, and landed on your back. The pain immediately caused you to black out.

When you awoke you found yourself being lifted into an ambulance. You could hear your boss screaming at your buddies, asking them what happened and why.

Oddly enough, you were asking yourself the same questions.

Precautions to Prevent a Fatal Fall

Nearly 2.3 million construction workers a year use scaffoldings on a daily basis, without knowing their risks. Although OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has strict standards and guidelines for scaffold safety, relying on the assumption that these standards are met, could cost you your life.

Thankfully, there are precautions that you can take to help reduce these risks and prevent serious—if not fatal—injuries, all while keeping your workplace safe. These precautions include:

  • Checking the scaffolding before you get on it. Ill maintained, old, or poorly constructed scaffolds can easily buckle, break and collapse if too much weight is put on them. Therefore, before putting any weight on it, check your scaffold for any worn areas, cracks, defects, or structural inconsistencies.
  • Paying attention to your surroundings. Scaffolds are used to elevate you high above ground; unfortunately, this height can cause unforeseen issues such as electrical lines and tree branches that could knock you off balance or cause harm.
  • Keeping it clean and clear. Although scaffolds are meant to hold you and your work tools, this doesn’t mean you can’t keep the ledges clear. Nearly 30 percent of scaffold falls are attributed to slipping and tripping over unseen objects. Pick up your tools and keep any buckets and building materials to the sides.
  • Wear safety lines, harnesses, and lanyards. Falling from any height can be painful, but your injuries will only get worse the higher further you fall. Therefore, to avoid these painful falling injuries, you should anchor yourself to a secure part of the scaffold or a nearby secure structure. This way, even if you trip or fall, you won’t suffer the full injuries of ground impact.

 

Remember, it’s your life—protect it!

Support You Can Rely On

It’s a sad reality that even when you take all the proper precautions and stay as safe as you possibly can, accidents can still happen. That’s why we are here to make sure you get the advice and help you need following a scaffolding accident. Call us today for a free consultation and review of your case. We’ll help you build up the confidence and knowledge you need, while supporting your every step, to help you receive the settlement in which you’re entitled. Don’t hesitate a moment longer. Call now to stand up and fight!

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