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How Can Scaffolding Cause Danger for Workers?

Wilson & McQueen May 27, 2021

While the scaffolding you walk on may first appear to not have any issues, you may still be at risk for serious injuries during your workday.

A poorly constructed platform or a lack of safety precautions can lead to a raised scaffold collapsing and harming workers. Falls and slips from this height can harm all parts of your body, such as brain damage or spinal cord trauma.

Falling Objects

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, falling hammers or tools often result in a blow to the head and further health complications. Other workers may carry these items improperly or leave them close to the edge of a platform. When the tool slips, it often falls onto someone below.

Fall protection is important for anyone working above a certain height. Keeping walking areas clear and using guardrails helps prevent some of these injuries.

Improper construction

Whether your workplace uses raised scaffolds or suspended scaffolds, a competent person should always check for issues with the construction before anyone climbs on these platforms. This person can determine what needs correction in order to prevent any future collapses.

The scaffold and the ropes on it should hold multiple times the weight needed. Building or dismantling any scaffolds without a competent person overseeing the activity can lead to potential injuries.

Lack of Procedures

Following OSHA guidelines is important for anyone working in the construction industry. These detailed instructions help prevent people from overloading platforms or accidentally electrocuting themselves. Workers should also avoid moving any platforms while other people are still standing on them.

Qualified people must train each employee so that everyone can potentially spot an issue or safety hazard. Knowing the dangers of scaffolding is especially important for anyone with a career in construction.