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Scaffolding: A Construction Workers' Greatest Friend and Biggest Foe

Scaffolding is a common sight when construction is going on in the Dallas Fort Worth area because it allows workers to reach heights that cannot be safely reached with a traditional ladder. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that about 65 percent of the construction industry works on scaffolds. OSHA also says that taking steps to protect these workers from being injured in scaffolding accidents could prevent 4,500 injuries and over 60 deaths every year.

What are the primary causes of scaffolding accidents? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducted a study that shows 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident to one of the following reasons:

  • The planking or support gave out. This is usually caused by failure of scaffold parts, overloading, defective scaffolds, scaffolding was poorly inspected—or not at all.
  • The worker slipped
  • The worker was struck by a falling object

OSHA has strict standards in place that, if followed, prevent these types of scaffold accidents from even occurring. If you suspect OSHA standards are being violated on your construction site, do not be afraid to report this to OSHA.

If you were injured in a construction accident involving scaffolding, you may have options for securing compensation for your injuries. There is a good chance your employer has Workers' Compensation Insurance, which means that although you can probably receive workers' compensation benefits, you cannot sue your employer. In construction accident cases, however, there can be other different parties that may have played a role in your accident that you can pursue a case against. Examples of other people who could be responsible for your scaffolding accident include outside contractors or even the manufacturer of the scaffolding.

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