On behalf of Castrodale Law, LLC posted in industrial workers’ accidents on Friday, August 3, 2018.
If you go to work each morning on a construction site, there’s probably plenty that goes through your mind regarding safety. The sad thing is that you are only as safe as those working around you. It’s not hard to take your own safety into account, but it’s hard to expect your co-workers to be just as safe as you. So, what can you do to prevent a scaffolding accident?
First, make sure you are properly trained before boarding the scaffolding. If you have not been trained on how to use this piece of equipment, you should not step foot on it. Even if it means risking your job, avoid getting on it at all costs.
If you have been trained to use the scaffolding you should get on it only when you have the right personal protective equipment, or PPE. PPE includes a hard hat, non-slip shoes, fall prevention gear, goggles, gloves and anything else you think will keep you safe.
The scaffolding should be inspected each and every morning before you get on it. If the site is left unattended at night, you don’t know if someone messed with the setup and now something is loose. The weather overnight could have also played a role in dislodging the scaffolding from the building.
You must also know the load capacity of the scaffolding. You cannot overload it with materials and equipment or it could collapse.
Suffering an injury in a Columbus scaffolding accident can be devastating. You could miss months at work as you rehabilitate. It’s essential to know what your rights are to compensation.