Between working with heavy machinery and dangerous tools, construction workers face their fair share of risks. However, one of the biggest threats to construction worker safety is a common type of equipment that one might find on virtually any job site — scaffolds. Scaffolds pose a unique threat in that Missouri construction workers are at risk for at least two different types of accidents when working on or near them.
Falling objects, falling workers
Objects that fall from significant heights can cause serious injuries to unsuspecting workers below. A single blow to the head with a tool that fell off a scaffold can cause brain injuries, lacerations and more. Unfortunately, it is not just tools that fall off scaffolds. Workers who spend any amount of time on scaffolds can potentially fall, suffering severe injuries in the process. Employers should be sure to provide proper safety equipment to help limit fall risks, including:
- Body belts
- Trolley lines
Following scaffold regulations
Missouri employers must comply with the scaffold regulations set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration — OSHA. These regulations specify requirements for things like maximum weight loads and how frequently supervisors should inspect scaffolds. Any deviation from these regulations could put workers at risk.
Construction work can be a physically demanding job, but many find that it is a rewarding career path. Unfortunately, it is also a dangerous one. When Missouri construction workers suffer injuries because of scaffolds, machinery or anything else related to their job duties, they may require help getting back on their feet. Compensation provided through the workers’ compensation system is often one of the best sources of help for victims who are dealing with medical bills and lost wages