A Scaffolding Accident Is Usually The Result Of Carelessness

by Terry Bryant

A scaffolding accident is almost always the result of carelessness, whether it is due to a reckless platform building, negligent safety personnel, or other workers treating the temporary structure without the care it deserves. Temporary structures are necessary for erecting buildings, and more than 60 percent of all construction workers regularly spend time on top of one, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, these structures are regularly built and maintained in ways that violate OSHA standards, and represent an immediate threat to workers’ health.

When a scaffolding accident occurs, the injuries can be terrible. The leading cause of death in the construction industry is falling, and when a temporary structure fails, it can send workers tumbling hundreds of feet to the ground. If there is no fall protection present, which is an OSHA violation, severe, even fatal injury can be expected.

Poor platform strength, stability, and planking are all common OSHA violations, as well as a lack of overhead protection and poor platform maintenance. If OSHA standards have been violated, the blame will fall on the people responsible for building the structure, or the people responsible for managing the site. It’s rarely that simple, though, and an attorney will likely be needed to help determine who is at fault, and what compensation the victim should seek.