How to Avoid Scaffolding Accidents on Construction Sites
The construction industry is known for being one of the most dangerous in terms of working environments. Naturally, this leads to more injuries than in other fields. Over the years, safety protocols have been put into place to help reduce these injuries in construction workers and they do indeed help if they are followed properly. When working on scaffolding, it is even more important to follow all safety procedures as well as be aware of other safety tips to prevent further injuries while on the construction site.
Preventing injuries often begins in preparation and this is certainly true for working on scaffolding. Training workers properly and inspecting the scaffolding before anyone gets on it will help prevent workers from falling or the scaffolding from giving out under them. Knowing the limits of what the scaffolding can hold is important as well, as this will also prevent it from falling apart under too much weight. Donning the appropriate safety equipment, such as helmets and harnesses, will prevent injuries even if something unforeseen does happen.
When working on the scaffolding, it is important to stay organized and be aware of where every other worker is so that they don’t accidentally run into each other. Power lines are also something important to be spatially aware of, as they can easily trip up an unsuspecting worker. If there is anything above the scaffolding that the worker is currently on, it is important to be aware of any potential falling objects and have a plan in case something is falling down.
Even if all safety protocols, preparation, and awareness is followed, construction site injuries will still happen. If you have been injured while working on a construction site, you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries in the form of workers’ compensation. If your employer tries to deny you this right, we are the Franco Firm are happy to step in and help you receive the assistance that you deserve. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.