Scaffolding Accidents at Construction Sites
The construction accident lawyers at Whiting Law Group, Ltd. understand how difficult it can be to identify the right legal action if you are injured in a construction accident and unsure about what to do next. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a vast majority of construction employees often work on scaffolds. So, it should come as no surprise that many of the most common construction site accidents involve scaffolds or other types of lifts, hoists, or ladders. These accidents cause serious injuries. This can be caused by defective, improperly installed, or unsafe scaffold equipment.
If you or someone you know was injured on a scaffold due to an employer's failure to ensure the use of protective equipment or the safety of the scaffold, contact an experienced construction accident lawyer. Below are some of the regulations developed by OSHA regarding scaffolds.
OSHA Scaffold Regulations
- Design and Construction: The design and construction of scaffolds must conform with OSHA requirements concerning type of equipment, rated capacities, construction methods, and use. Each scaffold and scaffold component must be capable of supporting its own weight plus at least four times the maximum intended load without failure. Each suspension rope must be capable of supporting at least six times the maximum intended load.
- Inspection: Employers should require an OSHA competent person to inspect all scaffolds and scaffold components for visible defects before use on each work shift. Scaffolds should be erected, moved, dismantled, or altered only under the supervision of a competent person. All components of personal fall protection equipment should be inspected by before use. Any visibly damaged or worn equipment should be removed from service immediately.
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