Construction is one of the most dangerous fields of work in the United States. Construction work can be especially dangerous when the work is performed many feet off the ground on scaffolding. Construction workers have enough inherent safety risks in their construction projects, but they also have additional dangers when they are at elevated heights on scaffolding.
Millions of construction workers use scaffolding each year on their jobs. As a result, many workers are injured every year, and some are even killed because of scaffolding. It has been estimated that almost a third of all fall deaths at work were due to scaffolding or ladders.
There are some common scenarios that can result in injuries on scaffolding. First, workers may fall off scaffolding. If they are not correctly using safety harnesses or are not trained in how to stay safe on scaffolding, injuries can result. If the scaffolding has not been properly put together, it can lead to serious injuries. Bad weather such as sudden gusts of wind or rain can cause scaffolding accidents. Finally, objects may fall off scaffolding and hit workers below.
Fortunately, most injuries and fatalities involving scaffolding can be prevented by following safety rules established by OSHA. OSHA has guidelines on how scaffolding should be constructed, how workers should be protected from falling debris, and what steps should be taken to avoid falls. Employers have the duty to ensure that their workers have the correct equipment and safety training.
If you have been injured in an accident involving scaffolding in Houston, you should speak with an experienced attorney.