Seeing a high-rise building grow over the course of weeks and months can be exciting for individuals who live in Connecticut’s metropolitan areas. Though the tall buildings may stretch higher and higher with each passing week, it can take months before they are fully revealed without the many scaffolds and support structures that workers attach to them and use to complete their work. Scaffolds and supports play an integral part in construction work and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that close to two-thirds of construction workers work on scaffolds with some frequency during the course of their jobs.
Scaffolds are temporary structures that workers may erect in order to reach building sites and projects during their construction. Since they are used to support workers while the workers are off of the ground the scaffolds must meet strict OSHA guidelines regarding how much load they can sustain. Materials used to make scaffolds generally must be able to hold up four to six times the weight they are intended to bear in order to be OSHA compliant.
However, despite efforts by OSHA and strict regulatory guidelines, a number of construction workers are hurt each year due to faulty scaffolds and support structures. There are several ways that scaffolding accidents can happen and practically all involve falls. An improperly installed scaffold could collapse and drop a worker from a high height, or the structure itself may fall and land upon a worker who is on the ground. Materials stored on scaffolds can become insecure if a scaffold begins to come down and such materials can pose serious threats to workers both on and off the structures.
When a scaffolding accident happens, a worker can find themselves with serious injuries to recover from and no income on which to rely while enduring the arduous task of healing. In some situations, construction workers can pursue civil litigation against their employers and other entities whose actions create construction site dangers and threats to their workers’ safety.