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How can working on scaffolding lead to serious injuries?

On Behalf of | Nov 12, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

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Construction areas filled with large vehicles and other hazards can leave you at risk for serious injuries while at work.

While climbing on a scaffold far off the ground, issues that affect the structure of the platform can potentially lead to spinal cord or head trauma.

Poor construction

According to the United States Department of Labor, a poorly-made scaffold that has too much weight on it can collapse and suddenly send you falling. When the workers in charge of checking the scaffolding do not complete their jobs, the scaffold may contain loose and unsafe parts that cannot hold anyone’s weight.

Negligent coworkers

Coworkers who do not properly put away their tools could leave them out in places where people commonly walk. When someone is working near you, an unsecured item can cause you to slip and fall over a railing.

Pieces of debris or heavy hammers that workers drop may also harm your head, even if you have a helmet on. You could not notice some of these injuries right away, such as internal bleeding or organ damage.

Weak platforms and boards

An uneven platform or poorly completed scaffold can also cause you to trip and harm your head or neck. When the boards that make up a platform are weak from water damage or other kinds of previous usage, they could easily snap or break as you walk.

When a construction company does not properly check its scaffolding equipment or fix unsafe platforms, you may suffer from a serious injury while at work.


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