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Using the right scaffold can improve worksite safety

On Behalf of | Jan 21, 2022 | Construction Accidents

Construction sites are among the most dangerous work environments in New York. They present several hazards, including falling debris and worker falls from scaffolding. If you sustained injuries due to an incident involving a scaffold, you might have grounds for a claim.

According to Safety Culture, more than 65% of construction workers utilize scaffolding when completing their job duties. If the units on your site do not comply with the related safety requirements, catastrophic injuries may result.

Appropriateness for the job

The size and scope of the task dictate the best type of scaffold for the job. You might use a structure that combines tubes, boards, and galvanized fittings for small projects. When working on high-rise buildings, the scaffold typically relies on rope and pulleys that station workers as needed. There are three main types of suspended scaffolding.

  • A swing stage, also called a two-point scaffold, uses stirrups. They connect at each corner, held by cables or ropes at the end.
  • A boatswain’s chair, known as a single-point adjustable scaffold, suspends the platform from above. You may utilize this type of scaffold if the job requires work on different levels.
  • A multi-point scaffold typically employs two or more platforms suspended by several ropes or cables. This type of scaffold allows for easy adjustments. Since it can take the place of multiple other structures, site managers often use it for increased productivity.

OSHA requires that qualified, competent personnel determine the correct structure for the job. Knowledgeable personnel must also oversee its assembly and provide training.

Consequences of inadequate scaffolding

Broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage are common injuries involving falls from scaffolding. These injuries may have life-altering consequences. You might have permanent disabilities and require months or years of physical therapy. If the scaffold at your worksite does not meet safety standards and you sustain injuries, you may have grounds for a claim.

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