If you work in the construction industry in New York, you may find yourself using scaffolding to complete a variety of jobs. While the use of scaffolding can improve efficiency and help you maintain a high level of safety, this isn’t always the case.
There are a variety of mistakes that can result in a scaffolding accident, including the following:
- Neglecting to inspect the scaffolding for damage or defects: Any type of damage or defect, such as scaffolding that is missing pieces, greatly increases the risk of an accident.
- Placing scaffolding on uneven or soft ground: This is a mistake that’s often made when there are no other options available. By taking your time, you’ll eventually find level ground that’s firm enough to support your scaffolding.
- Moving scaffolding while it’s erect: This is the easy thing to do, but it has the potential to compromise the integrity of the structure. If you need to move scaffolding, disassemble it before doing so.
- Neglecting to use required accessories: For example, all brackets and braces must be in place before using scaffolding. It only takes one missing part to increase the risk of a scaffolding accident.
- Too much weight: Knowing the load capacity of the scaffolding is critical, as too much weight can cause it to collapse.
What to do after a scaffolding accident
If you’re injured in a scaffolding accident, there’s no time to waste. Here are the steps you should take:
- Asses your injuries
- Immediately begin to administer first aid
- Call 911 for help or find transportation to a local hospital
- Report the incident to your employer
- Follow the guidance of your medical team
By taking these steps, you improve your chance of making a full recovery from all your injuries.
Once you understand your injuries and prognosis, talk to your doctor about when you can return to work. Depending on your injuries, you may not be able to do so in the near future. This should lead to a conversation with your employer, as well as filing for workers’ compensation benefits.
By receiving these benefits, you’ll have financial peace of mind as you recover from your injuries.
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