The use of scaffolds in construction is quite common and with the use comes certain safety problems. According to reports, about 65 percent of all construction workers use scaffolding in their daily work. The use involves a variety of hazards because of the nature of the work. It’s estimated by safety experts that adequate protections for workers would prevent an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities each year from scaffold-related accidents. Workplace accidents involving scaffolds can include:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction Regulations – found in Subpart L and ANSI/ASSE A10.8-2011 – apply to workers who are required to work using scaffolds. Hazards can be controlled – if not eliminated altogether – when compliance with these regulations is achieved. A discussion of some of the situations giving rise to accidents is set out below:
Falls from Heights
Slip and Fall Incidents
Collapses of Scaffolds
Workers Struck by Falling Objects
The definition of a “competent person”
OSHA defines a “competent person” as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” A competent person also is “one and who has the authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate the hazards.” The competent person’s responsibilities pursuant to the OSHA regulations are:
You can get more information relating to scaffold hazards and safety requirements by going to robsonforensic.com. If you would like to discuss a potential claim relating to an accident involving a scaffold, contact Evan Allen, a lawyer in our Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Evan.Allen@beasleyallen.com.
Source: C. William Brewer, P.E.
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