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How can working on a scaffold lead to injuries?

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2022 | Construction Accidents |

Whether you are working on a new house or any other building, you and other fellow construction workers can often face dangers you do not expect.

Scaffolds are one construction area where many workers can trip and fall, particularly under unsafe conditions. Learning about how scaffolds can influence personal injuries and work accidents can help you if you find yourself in pain.

Heights

According to the United States Department of Labor, elevated platforms on scaffolding can leave you at risk for a head or back injury. Other workers may leave their tools lying around where you walk, which can lead to an accidental slip and fall.

The height of the platform can seriously impact even minor injuries. Falling objects, such as another worker dropping a hammer or piece of equipment down from a higher platform, can also leave you unable to work or drive a car after a brain injury.

Poor building and construction

An improperly tested platform that cannot properly hold the recommended weight can easily fall apart. You likely do not know it cannot hold you until you are already working on it. This weak structure can send you falling to the ground, and you may even become trapped under pieces of construction equipment and planks.

Ignored rules

You trust other people around you on a construction site to follow any safety rules and properly construct platforms. When they fail to do so, it can lead to intense injuries.

If someone does not secure an electrical outlet or fails to add safety railings to a platform, then you can trip or fall without warning. Scaffolding can leave you in serious pain if accidents occur during a workday.