Construction workers in Missouri need scaffolds to make their work easier, practical, and successful. However, these structures pose significant threats to their lives and safety. If you work with scaffolding or someone you know does, here are some common causes of accidents you should look out for to ensure safety.
Why are scaffolds dangerous?
When construction workers are on a building site, they use a temporary assembled structure to hold them and to help them reach any given point. Though scaffolds can be safe when properly constructed, they are risky and can cause fatal construction site accidents. For example, rain can make the scaffolding slippery, or something loose can fall on you while working.
Causes of scaffolding accidents
- Unsafe working environments – Even if the scaffolding is perfectly assembled and workers adhere to all the safety measures, an uncontrollable phenomenon like rain poses a significant threat to construction workers. Moreover, toxic gases from hazardous chemicals could make someone dizzy, making them lose a step on the scaffold.
- Negligence – Factors such as lack of proper training, overloading the scaffold, using poor quality materials to build the scaffolding, or inadequate information about what you are doing could expose you to accidents.
- Falling objects – Something from off the building or a part of the scaffolding can fall on you or an innocent bystander. As a construction worker, you must ensure that every object on the scaffold is appropriately secured to avoid falling accidents.
- Poorly constructed scaffolding – A professional must build scaffolding to ensure it has the utmost structural integrity. Any mistake in the assembly process could compromise the safety of the workers using it.
How the law can help
According to Missouri state law, if you get injured while working on a construction site, you are generally eligible for worker’s compensation. You should receive medical care for the injuries sustained, restitution for the wages you lose while receiving treatment, and other help you and your family need.