In order to complete a construction project, certain tools are used. This goes beyond a hammer and a saw, though. Construction sites do not only require a wide range of tools to complete a job, but the also include mechanisms to help workers work at heights. Whether it is three feet above the ground or 100 feet, working at a height comes with many risks and concerns. This is why certain safety and protective measures are taken when construction workers utilize scaffolds at a construction site.
What are common hazards associated with scaffolds? To begin, a scaffold is a temporary elevated work platform. There are two types of scaffold. The first is a supported scaffold, which is where the platform is supported by load-bearing parts, such as poles, legs or outriggers. The second type is a suspended scaffold. This is where there is one or more platforms suspended by ropes or other overhead support systems.
While working at a height, construction workers face various hazards. A fall could occur due to the lack of fall protection. A scaffold could collapse due to instability or overloading. Falling tools, material or debris while working on a scaffold could strike a worker. Finally, a worker could be electrocuted due to the proximity of the scaffolding he or she is working on with overhead power lines.
Suffering an injury because of a scaffolding accident could cause a worker much pain and suffering. Additionally, it could require the worker to take time off from work. The losses and damages caused by this work injury could be extensive, making it imperative that the injured worker considers their options for workers’ compensation. These benefits could help address these losses and damages while he or she recovers from the work injury.