In the construction field workers regularly use scaffolding to meet the demands of their projects. Scaffolding is used to support the workers and hold materials that are to be used in the construction or repair of buildings or other structures. Its main purpose is to provide a safe place to work and give workers safe access to the areas and materials necessary. It can be made of different materials, the most common of which are aluminum and steel. The three basic elements of scaffolding are standards, ledgers and transoms. Standards are vertical tubes that are responsible for transferring the mass of the structure down to the ground, where a base plate spreads the full load. Ledgers are horizontal tubes, and used to connect the standards to one another. Transoms are placed on the ledgers at right angles, and are used to hold standards in place. There are put next to the standards to provide primary support, and more are placed in between to provide extra support.
While scaffolding is a necessary tool intended to increase safety in construction field it also has proven to be extremely dangerous. Falls from scaffolding can result in death and/or serious injuries to the workers. In a Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) study, 72% of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. The general requirements for scaffolding are described in 29 C.F.R. 1926.451. Other accidents have been attributed to the failure to adequately maintain the scaffolding and defective components.
Scaffold accidents can have a permanent impact on an injured worker, or on the estate of the worker who dies from the accident. The resulting physical injuries can lead to death or a permanent life-altering injury. Unfortunately, due to the accident, there may be severe problems like suffering a head injury, numerous fractures, paralysis and scarring. The injured construction worker will usually require surgeries and medical treatment, including costly rehabilitation. Additionally, overcoming the emotional and physical pain and suffering, the worker will likely not be able to go back to work in his field of construction work. If this occurs, he will not have a place of employment.
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