Scaffolding accidents are commonly the result of improper construction or negligent maintenance of scaffolds. Even though there are strict laws and safety regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), sometimes the builder omits parts he finds unnecessary or too expensive. Therefore, some of the scaffolds that are erected do not comply with OSHA’s strict guidelines.
Many times scaffolds are missing parts that are seen as unnecessary even though they help add to the safety of the scaffold. These parts include:
- Base Plates
- Mud Sills
- Scaffold Ties
- Guard Railing
- Work Platform Decking
- Fastening Pins
Failure to adhere to the strict guidelines of OSHA can lead to scaffolds that are unsafe. Therefore, failing to abide by the regulations results in absolute liability, even if the workers own negligence contributes to the accident. Many scaffold accidents could have been prevented if the builders of the scaffold paid more attention to the guidelines of OSHA. As mentioned, scaffolding accidents often result from negligent construction and maintenance. Most injuries are caused by either planking or support giving way, a worker slipping, or a worker being struck by a falling object.
Personal injury can occur in many different ways on a scaffold. The following is a list of the more common mishaps that lead to scaffold accidents:
- Improper installation can lead to collapsing
- Jumping on scaffold can lead to collapsing
- Unskilled construction can lead to dangerous scaffolds
- Improper use of the scaffold
- Defective components used in the building of a scaffold can make it highly susceptible to collapsing
In court, the scaffold owner will have attorneys that will try to refute and devalue your case. Having a scaffold accident attorney on your side will help fight and counter the testimony given by the accused.
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