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Safety tips to avoid scaffolding accidents

Scaffolds expose many construction workers to deadly accidents that can cause serious injuries or even death. These accidents can be avoided by adhering to safety standards. Below are some safety tips to avoid scaffolding accidents.

  1. Scaffolds must be erected on solid footing to make sure that they are firm to support their own weight and four times the maximum intended load without displacement.
  2. Scaffolds should have guard rails, mid rails and toe boards.
  3. A trained supervisor should be in charge of inspecting scaffolds before anyone starts using them to ensure that the structure is unaltered and stable.
  4. The scaffold must be erected at least 10 feet away from electric power lines to prevent electrocution.
  5. A damaged accessories—such as braces, brackets, trusses, screw legs,or ladders—must be repaired or replaced.
  6. Make sure that no one works on a scaffold during stormy weather.

Even if it is not your duty to ensure safety, as a worker you should be on the lookout for hazards that could affect you or your co-worker’s safety.

Scaffolding accident lawyers in Rockland County NY

If you or a loved one were injured in a scaffolding accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For more information, contact construction accident attorneys at Rockland Injury Lawyers at 845-709-8005/ 800-940-1799 or email at reuven@rocklandinjurylaw.com.

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