When you work at a construction site, you probably know the risks of your job site. Unfortunately, scaffolding can bring about many potential hazards. Scaffolding that has been assembled and used in accordance with safety guidelines is totally fine, but unfortunately there are some hazards that could lead to some significant injuries.
Scaffolding Is a Danger at the Job Site
Scaffolding is designed to be temporary, a way to help construction workers and others as they perform tasks that are not necessarily on the ground. Scaffolding is tall and requires assembly. It takes only a single mistake to result in a serious injury, especially because so many construction companies have different regulations regarding safety at the job sites.
In addition to scaffolding not being set up correctly, it is also possible that workers may be using the scaffolding while not harnessed. In fact, some companies do not require their workers to be harnessed. Keep in mind that it is not only a falling worker who is in danger. This person could also injure another person in the process.
Some Job Sites May Not Be Completely Safe
In some cases, job sites and those who manage them may be negligent in their treatment of employees. Generally, employers are meant to abide by regulations established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA knows that scaffolding needs to be safe, and yet many people are injured each year because an employer or manager may not be taking the necessary precautions.
Those who are negligent or ignorant of safety requirements may be breaking protocol. This could mean they could be held legally responsible for your injuries on the job.
What Are You Eligible to Receive?
If you are injured in a scaffolding incident, you may be eligible to receive certain types of compensation. For example, you may be eligible for workers' compensation. You may need to submit paperwork and wait for approval.
In some cases, you may be eligible to receive other types of compensation. The struggle rests in proving that an employer or manufacturer was negligent in the way they set up the scaffolding or enforced safety regulations and rules.
What Are Your Next Steps?
Have you ever considered pursuing a personal injury case after a scaffolding accident? Your next steps involve speaking with an attorney who understands scaffolding and job site accidents. Set up a consultation today to learn more about your case.
To learn more, contact a job site accident attorney.