Working on a construction site is dangerous. Even though there are laws and regulations in place in New York that are aimed at protecting workers, accidents can still happen. The agency that governs American workers is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the Department of Labor. A common piece of equipment used on construction sites these days is scaffolding. Scaffolding helps construction workers transport material to different levels of a building, to install siding and brick on the exterior of a building, to paint the exterior of a building and more. Today, we will take a look at some important scaffolding safety tips for your construction site.
The Statistics on Falls and Scaffolding Accidents
Falls happen all too often on construction sites and many of them involve scaffolding. More than 300 people die per year because of a fall while working on a construction site. The 300 deaths account for close to one-third of all construction deaths. Close to 65 percent of all construction workers work on scaffolding for some of their time on a construction site. The most common reasons workers are injured when on scaffolding include being hit by falling objects and improperly secured scaffolding.
Scaffolding Safety Tips
OSHA has put together a list of the most important safety tips a construction worker can follow when working on or around scaffolding. These tips include the following:
- All scaffolding and tools must be kept no less than 10 feet from any power lines
- The scaffolding material used needs to be compatible with the project, materials, and weather conditions when in use
- All of the legs or posts must be placed on mudsills or plates
- All scaffolding planks need to be laid out close to each other. There can only be one inch or less of open space around uprights
- Cross braces of scaffolding should not be used as a ladder
- Construction workers should be provided with safe access to the scaffolding
- Check all metal parts of the scaffolding regularly for rust, holes, and broken welds
- Every construction worker on scaffolding must have a hard hat on at all times
- Any plank with a crack of more than one-quarter inch must be reported to a supervisor
- Guardrails must be provided on all levels of the scaffolding for workers
- Managers of the construction site must know the proper way to use tie-ins and braces to prevent the scaffolding from collapsing
Training is Key
Proper training for all workers who will use scaffolding is also important to the safety of all those on the construction site. Construction site supervisors as well as any employee who will use the scaffolding should know how to properly erect the scaffolding, check it for safety issues, secure it to the ground and learn how to operate it. If a construction worker has not been trained to work on scaffolding they should be kept off it. It’s best for all those working on scaffolding to wear non-slip shoes and make sure tools and materials are kept in order to prevent tripping and falling.
Contact an Experienced New York City Personal Injury Attorney About Your Construction Accident Claim in New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a scaffolding fall in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party, or their insurance company, to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Proner & Proner represent clients injured because of construction accidents in Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, throughout New York and Bethel, Connecticut. Contact us by calling 212-500-1003 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503, Manhattan as well as offices in The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Bethel, Connecticut.
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