Working on scaffolding is an inherently risky activity. Employers and employees take precautions to minimize the level of hazard, but working at heights will always present some level of risk. Some of the risk factors that can lead to scaffolding accidents include:
- Failure to use safety gear (lifelines, lanyards, safety nets)
- Failure to adhere to applicable safety procedures
- Failure to secure gear on a scaffolding (gear falling on those below is a common scaffolding-related accident)
- Improperly assembled or installed scaffolding
Even if you believe that you may have contributed to the accident, you can still receive benefits under the workers’ compensation system.
The injuries associated with scaffolding accidents can be very severe and in some instances fatal. Some of the common injuries associated with scaffolding accidents include: