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Why is scaffolding so deadly?

Scaffolding accidents continue to be a major contributor to construction site injuries. According to OSHA, ensuring scaffold safety on construction sites would prevent approximately 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths per year. What is it about scaffolding that makes it so dangerous for workers? 

In short, there are many things that can go wrong on scaffolding that can lead to falls and serious injuries. Scaffolding instability can lead to collapse, or workers can slip and fall from scaffolding that remains intact. Scaffolding instability can come from many sources, including:

  • An uneven or otherwise unstable footing
  • Loosely planked platforms
  • Unsecured objects being used to shore up scaffolding or planks
  • Weakened or damaged screws, brackets or other accessories

Accidents can happen on scaffolding for other safety-related reasons, including: 

  • Inadequate or missing guardrails
  • Being too close to a power line
  • Lack of inspection, or assembly by an untrained person

Workers who fall from scaffolding can face severe injuries, including broken bones and head trauma. Given the height of scaffolding and the impact of such falls, it's not surprising that scaffolding accidents often prove deadly. 

Workers' compensation is often the best available source for workers to get the help they need to pay for medical care and rehabilitation after a non-fatal fall. Depending on the details of the accident, however, third-party claims may also be possible. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, contact a lawyer to discuss the details of the accident and how you can get the compensation you deserve. 

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