Scaffolding is used in construction often; it’s estimated that around 65 percent of those in the construction industry use scaffolding regularly. Scaffolding-related accidents can cause serious harm or death, so it’s important for safety protocols to be used in the workplace.

It’s believed that by protecting just these workers fromscaffolding injuries, around 50 deaths could be avoided every year. On top of that, another 4,500 injuries could be prevented. This doesn’t just help the workers; it saves the companies money in workers’ compensation insurance and helps reduce missed days of work.

There are safety checks that should be performed to make sure that scaffolding is being used appropriately and is maintained correctly. For instance, if the construction team is using a narrow-frame scaffold, then it’s important to determine the maximum load that the scaffolding can hold while workers are handling materials. Second, the scaffolding should be moved, inspected and maintained regularly to make sure any damage or faults are recognized quickly. If a scaffold is damaged, it shouldn’t be used and should be repaired.

Finally, workers should be made aware of scaffolding hazards. For example, being surrounded by metal makes workers prone to electric shock from natural or man-made sources. Falls are possible, so workers should know about safety equipment and how to handle the scaffolding and materials without tripping, slipping or creating hazards for other workers.

After a workplace accident, most workers have the right to seek workers’ compensation to cover their medical costs and other needs. Our website has more information about workers’ compensation and what to expect once you make a claim.