What Are the Most Common Scaffolding Accidents and Injuries?

Let’s consider which scaffolding accidents and injuries are most common and how you can prevent them. We will also discuss what to do if you have been injured on the job.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, scaffolding accidents account for more than 50 deaths and thousands of fatal injuries every year. While strict regulations protect construction workers from scaffolding accidents, best practices are still ignored at times.

Let’s consider which scaffolding accidents and injuries are most common and how you can prevent them. We will also discuss what to do if you have been injured on the job.

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Common Scaffolding Accidents

While different types of scaffolding accidents vary in severity, when they happen, they usually lead to the victim being unable to resume work for a while. Here are the most common scaffolding accidents:

  • Scaffolding Collapse: Poorly constructed scaffoldings usually have serious integrity issues. And when construction workers are forced to work on unstable scaffolding structures or poorly constructed scaffolds, they could suffer serious falls. It’s, therefore, imperative for construction companies to have proper guidelines regarding the installation of scaffolding.
  • Falls from the Scaffolding: Uneven or poorly laid planks can lead to workers falling from scaffolding, especially if the scaffolding is high off the ground. These accidents can lead to serious injuries or even death.
  • Falling Objects from the Scaffolding: Falling objects such as construction tools or debris can strike workers working on a scaffolding, leaving them with serious head injuries.
  • Electrocution: In some cases, scaffolding can be set up close to an electric line. Unfortunately, this exposes workers to the risk of being electrocuted. To prevent this from happening, it’s always important to factor in the location of power lines when establishing a scaffolding.

What Injuries Are Likely to Occur from Scaffolding Accidents?

Scaffolding injuries can be fatal. Some examples of scaffolding injuries include:

  • Spinal Injuries: Generally, the human spine cannot withstand heavy impact. Thus, spinal injuries are a common result of scaffolding accidents. Unfortunately, these injuries may take a while to show up after the accident and may severely affect you if left unattended.
  • Fractured Bones: Broken limbs, hips, and shoulders are common in a scaffolding accident. Such accidents can put undue pressure on your body, leading to painful injuries.
  • Internal Organ Damage: While it is common to suffer small cuts during construction, it is not surprising to suffer internal organ damage. Such injuries can be dangerous, especially if not treated as soon as possible.

What Should I Do if Involved in a Scaffolding Accident?

The first step to take when injured in a scaffolding accident is to seek medical attention. You should also inform your employer of your injury and speak with an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you investigate the details surrounding the accident and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Speak With a Missouri Work Injury Lawyer

Have you or your loved one been injured in a scaffolding accident? Speak with an experienced attorney at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience protecting the rights of injured workers throughout the state of Missouri. Give us a call 24/7 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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Updated: September 21, 2021

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